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[Perspectives] What shape might we be in?

The Shape We’re In is a thorough description of the current state of overweight and obesity in several key countries. Sarah Boseley’s analysis is important, especially for the vast majority of us who still believe that the obesity epidemic is our fault—largely the product of lifestyle choices and a personal lack of dietary control. The book’s title is a cunning play on Will Hutton’s The State We’re In: Why Britain Is In Crisis and How to Overcome It. If Hutton’s book was challenging, a creative attack on the malaise affecting virtually every aspect of British life, so is this.