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Book and Media Reviews
July 7, 2010

Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine

JAMA. 2010;304(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.915

The ranks of overweight adults and children continue to increase. For the first time in history, overweight persons actually outnumber those who are malnourished. Obesity now kills more men and women in developed nations than war, terrorist attacks, or climate changes. On average, obese individuals forfeit about 9 years of life. The authors of Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine do not pull any punches: “Fat people will have a role in their own extinction.”

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