"Cohen's writing is clear, concise, and accessible. A useful contribution, with a balanced though a more public-health approach toward reducing obesity and improving health in general."
"[A] controversial but compelling solution to the obesity epidemic in the U.S."
"Dr. Deborah A. Cohen has written a groundbreaking book on obesity. It should be read by everybody."
"Cohen, an epidemiologist and medical doctor at the RAND Corporation, makes a convincing case that obesity involves far more than a failure of willpower. Cohen certainly presents a fresh, thought-provoking take on how to fight the obesity epidemic."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Cohen takes a behaviorist approach to identifying the antecedents for eating choices, suggesting that the focus on self-control as a key element actually undercuts efforts to make change, given people's assumptions about human nature and our genetic makeup. The author makes a compelling case."
"[A] powerful book."
"Deborah Cohen gives us a physician's view of how to deal with today's big fat crisis. In today's 'eat more' food environment, individuals can't avoid becoming overweight on their own. This extraordinarily well-researched book presents a convincing argument for the need to change the food environment to make it easier for every citizen to eat more healthfully."
—Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, New York University, and author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
"Hundreds of diet books have failed to halt the obesity epidemic in America. If you are among the majority of Americans who are overweight--or are just someone who cares about others who are--you should read Deborah Cohen's A Big Fat Crisis instead. It will give you an entirely new perspective on this creeping disaster and on how our society can end it."
—Thomas Farley, commissioner of health for New York City, 2009-2013