The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise: The Fitness Factor

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In the United States today, obesity, the state of being very overweight, is a crisis of epidemic proportions. Americans are now the heaviest people on earth, and we're weighing in heavier all the time. It's no secret that overweight and obesity are serious challenges facing our nation, but the answer to slimming down and reversing the crisis remains a mystery to many people. As the full scale of America's weight crisis unfolds, we are not likely to see any easy answers to the epidemic. Nevertheless, we can all ...

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Overview

In the United States today, obesity, the state of being very overweight, is a crisis of epidemic proportions. Americans are now the heaviest people on earth, and we're weighing in heavier all the time. It's no secret that overweight and obesity are serious challenges facing our nation, but the answer to slimming down and reversing the crisis remains a mystery to many people. As the full scale of America's weight crisis unfolds, we are not likely to see any easy answers to the epidemic. Nevertheless, we can all face some basic facts. For instance, one of the most significant factors contributing to the obesity crisis is lack of exercise, and one of the most important factors in finding a solution will be increasing physical activity. In this book, you will learn more about the fitness factor and its place in America's obesity crisis. Along the way you will explore the origins of our weight epidemic, the health risks associated with excess weight, and the important role exercise plays in well-being. You will see that our national goal needs to be not slimness but good health, and that fitness and exercise are for everyone.

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Issues related to obesity, nutrition, exercise, and body image frequently make news headlines. They are also issues that affect teens on a daily basis. This series delivers a significant amount of information on these timely subjects in short, stand-alone volumes featuring a healthy dose of colorful photographs and effective charts. Shocking or unusual facts that may grab teens' attention, such as the increase in size of a McDonald's hamburger from one ounce in 1957 to today's six-ounce patty, are highlighted, adding to the likely appeal of the series to reluctant readers. The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise presents arguments supporting the idea that America is experiencing a fitness crisis. Changes in lifestyles, such as a shift from jobs that require physical labor like working on a farm or in a mine to jobs that demand sitting at a desk all day, are emphasized. Suggestions on how individuals can immediately get started on a path to better health and fitness are offered, along with information about avoiding body image problems and eating disorders. Visually appealing and easy to read, this series provides useful and current information in an attractive format. There is a certain amount of overlap between volumes, however, with entire passages appearing almost verbatim in each volume. Sources for statistics are not included, although general lists of further reading and places to look for more information are offered. Occasionally explanations for complex problems, such as why schools offer students access to fast food and vending machines on campus, seem overly simplistic. Each volume contains a glossary of terms, although it is not readily apparent why terms wereselected for inclusion as many do not relate to health or fitness. Public or school libraries with a need for up-to-date material in this subject area may consider purchasing at least one volume in this series. (Obesity: Modern-Day Epidemic). VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Mason Crest, 104p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Charts. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Paula Brehm-Heeger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590849453
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Obesity Series: Modern-Day Epidemic
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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