Obesity

Overview

Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The rate of obesity in children and adolescents has reached epidemic proportions. USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, reports that "heavy teens are often destined for skyrocketing weight gain in their twenties." Over time, obesity causes illnesses, reduces life expectancy, and increases health care costs. The U.S. government, doctors, and scientists are working to educate citizens about good nutrition and the ...

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Overview

Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The rate of obesity in children and adolescents has reached epidemic proportions. USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, reports that "heavy teens are often destined for skyrocketing weight gain in their twenties." Over time, obesity causes illnesses, reduces life expectancy, and increases health care costs. The U.S. government, doctors, and scientists are working to educate citizens about good nutrition and the importance of daily exercise. In this book, you'll read about health issues caused by obesity and follow the medical interventions and lifestyle changes that address them. You'll learn about the biological and environmental causes for weight gain. And you'll receive guidance on how to attain and sustain a healthy body so you and your friends and family can make better choices and support those who struggle with weight issues.

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Meet the Author

Wendy Murphy has been writing on medical topics for more than two decades, beginning with several books written under her name for Time, Inc. in their Library of Health series and later for Readers Digest Books as part of a collaborative team. Before that, Wendy wrote on gardening, archaeology, American history (39 short Presidential biographies), architecture, and the history of inventions. She is currently Executive Editor of Onward Publishing, a custom publishing house that specializes in medical topics. In this role she writes for a professional readership of physicians and other medical care givers on the latest innovations in treating everything from heart disease to neurological disorders, orthopedics, pediatrics, and immunological disorders. Wendy is also active in her local volunteer fire department as a certified Emergency Medical Technician, serving the local community when people need to be treated and taken by ambulance to the hospital. She lives in South Kent, Connecticut, except when she vacations for six weeks every summer with her family on our tiny one-family island off the coast of Maine where they have no electricity and their water supply is strictly rainwater. Wendy's interests outside of work also include being on the board of directors for the Kent Land Trust, being a member of the Kent Conservation Commission, and the Kent Alternative Energy Task Force. Wendy and her husband, who is also a writer, have two grown sons and five grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Eating To Live 4

Chapter 2 Nature, Nurture, and Body Weight 30

Chapter 3 The Supersize Habit 48

Chapter 4 Your Weight and Your Health 64

Chapter 5 The Straight Skinny On Dieting 80

Glossary 102

Resources 105

Selected Bibliography 106

Further Reading and Websites 106

Index 108

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