School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-A timely, serious look at a national health crisis. Ingram includes a solid base of recent statistics and scientific research in his exploration of the physical phenomenon of obesity and its emotional and social ramifications. The text is packed with information on specific dangers such as increased risks of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. The author casts a critical eye on the effect of advertising and the availability of fast food, both in and out of school, and covers recent state legislation seeking to inform parents of diagnoses of obesity in their children. While some information is included on achieving weight loss, this book is a more valuable resource for students working on reports rather than for those seeking help. The inclusion of personal stories such as those of Morgan Spurlock, of Super Size Me: A Film of Epic Proportions fame, and Patrick Deuel, whose weight loss from 1072 to 530 pounds has been documented in the press, adds human interest; Ingram consistently maintains a compassionate tone. Bold use of red ink enlivens the text, which unfortunately features a number of black-and-white photographs that are too dark to be effective. Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (2001) and Greg Critser's Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World (2003, both Houghton) both deal with the same material in greater depth and with more finger-pointing; they were written for adults but are appropriate for high school collections.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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