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Why Are So Many Children Obese?

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Barrett, D. (2007). Waistland: The revolutionary science behind our weight and fitness crisis. New York: WW Norton and Company.

- This book centers around diet and fitness strategies that people of today currently are relying on. Barrett talks about food as a drug, and things that we must eat in moderation. Also, the importance of exercise is focused on, with strategies of how to be succesful. Another thing that I was shocked to find in this book was the effect of television on obesity and peoples health.

Bascetta, C.A. (2006). Childhood obesity: Factors affecting physical activity. U.S. Government Accountability Office, 1- 25.

- This document focuses on the factors of childhood obesity that are affecting physical activity. The document says that demographic, cognitve and behavioral factors, and community factors are all possible causes of obesity. It also mentions lack of venue, or places for children to be physically active.

Bascetta, C.A. (2005). Childhood obesity: Most experts identified physical activity and the use of best practices are key to successful programs. U.S. Government Accountability Office,


- This government document talks about the dramatic increse in childhood obesitiy and what factors may be contributing to it. It also focuses on what the government is trying to do to stop this problem. The document is filled with statistics that will be helpful when writing my analysis.

Fibkins, W. (2006). Teen obesity: How schools can be the number one solution to the problem. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

- This book focuses on how important it is for schools to take action in fighting obesity in teens. It gives suggestions to be taken by the school cafeterias, teachers and wellness programs. This book also greatly stresses the importance of physical activity.

Kopelman, P.G., Caterson, I.D., Dietz, W.H. (2005). Clinical obesity in adults and children (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

- This book focuses on the obesiety in both adults and children. It goes into great depth about the history, consequenses and factors of obesity. Also, there is a large section of the text devoted to childhood obesiety, causes and what we can do to prevent it from being such a large issue.

Mullen, M.C., Shield, J. (2004). Childhood and adolescent overweight: The health professional's

guide to indentification, treatment and prevention. Chicago: American Dietetic Association.

- This book also talks about how obesity is becoming a huge concern, and shows the weight trends of children have increase dramatically. It also focuses on the health consequenses of being overweight, and also how to treat and prevent obesity. Another thing that the author touches on is counseling for the overweight person.

Okie, S. (2005). Fed up: Winning the war against childhood obesity. Washington,D.C.: Joesph Henry Press.

- This book starts off with a chapter describing the fattest generation. It also goes into detail about how size affects not only health, but also self esteem. The author gives quite a few good suggestions about how to teach children to eat healthy for the rest of their lives. It also includes an interesting section on how to have healthy babies, before and after birth. The book concludes with information on finding help for overweight children.

Spurlock, M. (2005). Don't eat this book: fast food and the supersizing of America. New York: GP Putnam's Sons.

- This book is Morgan Spurlock’s experiment with eating Mcdonald’s every meal of the day for forty days. He writes about his obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and how they affected his life. He also focuses on the importance of exercise, health and physical education.

United States Congress (2005). Reducing childhood obesity : Public-private partnerships to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in children . Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, 1-59.

- This government hearing focuses on the “epidemic” that childhood obesity has become. It focuses on the consequenses of obesity, what efforts should be taken to eliminate them. Also, the senators that spoke during this hearing used excellent real world examples of how obesity is becoming a huge issue.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2005). Overweight and physical activity among

children : A portrait of states and the nation. Health Resources and Services Administration, 1-48.

- I found this document interesting because of the numerous charts and statistics focusing on obesity. This document includes statistics of each of the 50 states and the obesity percentages in each state.

Voss, L.D., Wilkin, T,J. (2003). Adult obesity: A paediatric challenge. New York: Taylor & Francis.

- The main theme of this book is how obesity is a worldwide challenge, and something needs to be done about it. There is a chapter on underactivity and nutrition playing a part in obesity, as well as our genes. Another important section is specifically about childhood, and how things that occur when people are young affect their eating habits later in life.

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