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New Book Links Foodservice Industry to Obesity

Feb. 20, 2002 -- A new book, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, blames America's weight problem on the foodservice industry. The book, which hits bookstores next month, argues that the foodservice industry tries to convince Americans to eat, even when they're not hungry. "We are so programmed to eat everything in front of us," author Marion Nestle, professor and chairman of the department of nutrition and food studies at New York City's New York University, told USA Today.

Foodservice-industry spokesmen disagree. "If you look at the supermarket, there is a wide variety of choices--regular-calorie, lower-calorie, reduced-fat, sugar-free, and as much or perhaps more money is spent marketing low- and reduced-calorie foods as other foods," says Gene Grabowski of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Washington, DC.

USA Today, Feb. 21, 2002

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