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World-wide, over a billion adults are overweight and 300 million are officially obese. The Energy Glut expertly tells the story of energy in society, and places 'fatness' next to climate change, as manifestations of the same fundamental planetary malaise. This exciting new book argues that the pulse of fossil fuel energy released from the ground after the discovery of oil ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Zed Books
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Prasanna
This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about their own health and the health of the planet. The book will help you understand that the two are not distinct projects - indeed, they are indistinguishable from each other. It provides guidelines to individuals as well as governments on where to start on the long road back.

It packs a big wallop for a small book. You should read it sitting down.

Chapter by chapter, Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards dissect the economic forces and vested-interes
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Adam Howells
Roberts' manifesto on the over-consumption of energy and its correlation to physical health is certainly compelling and eye-opening; however, it suffers from serious flaws and fails to present a practical solution to the problem.

The engaging parts of this book are ripe with statistical correlations of the use of fossil fuels in cars linked with life-threatening behaviors, such as human inertia and car accidents. The chapters that go in depth about car accidents are particularly fascinating. Robe
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Kelly
Food, oil, energy and excess: A review of The Energy Glut (Ian Roberts, 2010)

(Full disclosure: I received a free advanced review copy of this book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

While researching the link between traffic-related injuries and fatalities, trends in car usage, and public health issues such as obesity, Ian Roberts - a public health professor in Britain and a former practicing physician - developed a simple yet radical premise: that the discovery and subsequent adopt
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Phillip
Uses phrase "Petro-nutritional complex" do describe contemporary alliance between oil and food industries. His big claim is that it doesn't matter if you describe energy use in terms of food or petroleum, both contribute to obesity and destroy the environment.

Roberts says the medical establishment condemns the habits of individuals for our obesity, but he says the real culprit is something in our environment, the motorization of society. He said the medical establishment does not address the tr
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Candi
Ian Roberts set the scene pretty early on with his self obsessed, egotistical narrative which was more than slightly irritating. Even the less pretentious sections of the book were tainted by the knowledge that I was reading a book by someone who lacked the ability to view his arguments from another perspective, hence coming across as extremely arrogant. I picked up this book to gain an insight, if you will, into the distribution of food globally, our increasing demand and our attitude towards f ...more
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