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Greg Critser, author who wrote about obesity, drugs and aging, dies at 63

Greg Critser, author who wrote about obesity, drugs and aging, dies at 63

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...

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