Physiology Professor Says Obesity Is Not a Health Problem

Books on body fat aren't usually grist for scholarly debates. But an analysis of studies on the health effects of fat, published in September by Fawcett Columbine, has ignited a fierce debate among health experts over the medical benefits of dieting.

Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health is controversial not because of its claim that Americans are overweight and badly in need of exercise. Government surveys show that the typical American is fatter and more