We are facing a gathering health crisis of epic proportions.
The crisis is obesity and the diseases linked to it - hypertension, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
While multinational drug companies race to find a cure, the problem only worsens, with experts declaring thatthe UK is the second most obese nation on the planet and that 31,000 death a year in Britain are obesity-related.In a rare blend of cutting-edge science, history and personal stories, Shell builds a compelling narrative culminating in a thought-provoking - and radical - call to arms.
This is the definitive account of how the western world got fat - and what we can do about it.'A fascinating book...
Shell has a droll manner and narrative gift that transforms the most unpromising chapters of obesity R&D into observant little dramas...
An illuminating history of overweight' Catherine Bennett, Guardian'A real steel magnolia of a book.
A political fist clenched inside a scientific glove.
Charmingly written with plenty of human interest and colour, its underlying message is nonetheless clear and radical.' Jerome Burne, Financial Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 13/01/2004
- Category: Popular medicine & health
- ISBN: 9781843541424