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The Obesity Pandemic and Big Food

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Why are we so fat? America has the highest rate of obesity, but Mexico, China and others are gaining on us. In 2010 worldwide about 3 million people died of obesity-related illnesses, while 1 million died of malnutrition and terrorists killed 7,697 people (Lancet, 2014). A recent study reported that cost estimates for obesity-related health care in 2005 were $190 billion in the U.S., which was 21% of all health care costs. In Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, (Random House, 2014), Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Moss argues that large corporations develop and promote foods that are designed to create cravings that cause us to eat more food than we need, especially those foods that “hook” us. In this fascinating story of how food giants have become some of the largest and most powerful multi-national corporations we will learn about “bliss point,” “mouthfeel,” and sensory-specific satiety.” We will also discuss how the worldwide increase in obesity could be curtailed. Join us!

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Daryl Horn2.Susan Phelan3.Suzanne Sutherland 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/8/2018 - 6/7/2018 Weekly - Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Suzanne Sutherland  ; Susan Phelan  ; Daryl Horn