Fats, Sugars, and Empty Calories: The Fast Food Habit

Overview

In America today, obesity-the state of being very overweight-is not simply a problem, it's a national crisis. Two out of every three American adults are overweight, and one out of three is officially obese. Excess weight and obesity, however, are no longer simply adult health risks, for our nation's children are threatened like never before. One out of every six people between the ages of six and nineteen is also overweight, with an additional one out of six in danger of becoming overweight. Experts now fear that...
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Overview

In America today, obesity-the state of being very overweight-is not simply a problem, it's a national crisis. Two out of every three American adults are overweight, and one out of three is officially obese. Excess weight and obesity, however, are no longer simply adult health risks, for our nation's children are threatened like never before. One out of every six people between the ages of six and nineteen is also overweight, with an additional one out of six in danger of becoming overweight. Experts now fear that obesity will soon be even more than a crisis; it will be the American way of life.

Although many factors lie behind America's bulging bodies, fast food is one of the most significant. Many experts agree: we Americans do not simply eat fast food; we lead fast-food lifestyles. In this book, you will learn how fast food and the fast-food industry have shaped not only our bodies but also our society. You will also explore things we can do to recognize health risks in our own lives and combat the fast-food industry's power over American mealtime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590849439
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Obesity Series: Modern-Day Epidemic
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 The Birth of a Nation? 9
2 Energy Is the Key: An Introduction to Calories 25
3 Variety Is the Spice of Life: Getting Your Essential Nutrients 33
4 What You Don't Know Will Hurt You: What's Really in Fast Food 53
5 Big Mac Nation Going Supersized 71
6 Out of the Television ... 83
7 Fighting the Fast Food Habit: Can America Downsize? 93
Glossary 98
Further Reading 101
For More Information 102
Index 103
Biographies 104
Picture Credits 104
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