Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity / Edition 1

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Once dismissed by the medical profession as a purely cosmetic problem, obesity represents an ominous health threat for our children. Obesity is now second only to smoking as a preventable cause of death. Without early intervention, overweight children often become overweight adults - and we know that at any age obesity can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and other life-threatening conditions. Diabetes and heart disease alone cause more than 780,000 deaths each year. In fact today's kids may be the first generation in U.S. history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
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Drawing on up-to-date research as well as personal stories, Okie presents the astounding statistics on what she calls "the fattest generation" and the dire health risk the obesity epidemic poses. Okie, a Harvard-trained family physician and Washington Post medical reporter, tackles obesity's causes methodically and without sensation, explicating the biology of body mass and appetite regulation and the relationship between calorie intake and energy expenditure. She also examines some of the rare hormone problems and genetic disorders that, in a tiny minority of children, can cause obesity. Having explored how obesity lowers self-esteem, the author persuasively shows that recent shifts in the environment are most likely to blame for today's childhood obesity epidemic: sprawling suburban neighborhoods that discourage walking, ballooning portions in restaurant food, poor choices in school lunches, a decline in home cooking and the resulting tendency to snack rather than sit down for a family meal are among the factors she cites. Commenting analytically on pediatricians' reluctance to deal with obesity, Okie documents the innovative efforts of certain states and schools to engineer healthy eating and exercise programs. She also meets and describes several families who have put diet and exercise plans into action, or whose children have been hospitalized for obesity. Never preachy or patronizing, Okie will inform and empower all concerned parents about a problem whose time has come (as shown by a New York Times Magazine piece on the subject and recent books like Generation Extra Large. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309101981
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The fattest generation 1
2 Obese twins and thrifty genes 27
3 Size, health, and self-esteem 53
4 Teaching children how to east for life 77
5 Off the couch and away from the screen 113
6 Programming babies for health - before and after birth 149
7 Eating lessons at school 183
8 Finding help for an overweight child 211
9 Action for healthy communities 247
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