Greg Critser, a Pasadena-based writer who explored fear and obsession in books about obesity, prescription drugs and aging, has died after a years-long fight with brain cancer. He was 63.
Critser wrote well-regarded books that he referred to as “my American pathology trilogy” — books that touched on health, happiness (or its opposite) and the hapless pursuit of immortality.
The books, Critser said, all wrestled with personal demons — he once was overweight, he tangled with depression and as the years passed he felt himself slowing down.
“Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World” was at the time a sobering look at how the fast-food industry had...