The way we eat now

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1075
  1. George Dunea

    The Gargantuan woman at the supermarket smiled, showing her huge unevenly spaced teeth. We were both studying cheeses—mostly valued at two to four dollars per package and some as high as 200 calories per ounce. Already her shopping cart was overflowing with meats, chicken, bread, breakfast foods, and cartons of soft drinks. Waiting at the checkout, she opened a bottle of Pepsi and gulped it down before she had even had time to pay for it. She then settled her account with three $20 bills of government food stamps, of the kind that the new welfare bill passed by Congress is trying to reign in. She must have weighed at least 300 pounds (136 kilos). Her lumbar spine seemed …

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