Pasadena-based medicine, science, food and health writer Greg Critser died Saturday night, a family spokesperson told City News Service on Sunday. Critser was 63.
Critser was published in international periodicals ranging from the New York Times to the Times of London and from Harper’s to the New Yorker, and also wrote locally for the Los Angeles Times and the Pasadena Weekly.
His best-selling “Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World” (Houghton Mifflin 2003) became the “the definitive journalistic account of the modern obesity epidemic.”
His most recent book was “Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging,” published by Random House in January, 2010.
Critser also taught science writing at Caltech and USC, according to CNS.
Critser was born in 1954 in Steubenville, Ohio. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in history and later earned a master’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982.
CNS reported that Critser is survived by his wife, Antoinette Mongelli, of Pasadena; mother Betty Critser Newman and stepfather Jerry Newman, of Rancho Mirage and other family members.
A memorial service will be held at Occidental College at a later date, a family friend told CNS.