Once dismissed by the medical profession as a purely cosmetic problem, obesity now ranks second only to smoking as a wholly preventable cause of death. Indeed, it’s implicated in 300,000 deaths each year and is a major contributor to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. Even conservative estimates show that 15% of all children are now considered to be overweight–worldwide there are 22 million kids under five years old that are defined as fat.
Supersized portions, unhealthy diets, and too little physical activity certainly contribute to what’s making kids ‘fat.’ But that’s not the whole story. Researchers are at a loss to explain why obesity rates have risen so suddenly and so steeply in the closing decades of the 20th century. But head out to the beaches, playgrounds, and amusement parks, and it’s obvious that overweight children are more numerous and conspicuous.
We see it in our neighborhoods and we read it in the headlines. Our nation–indeed the world–is in crisis. But knowledge is power and it’s time to arm ourselves in the battle to win the war on obesity. Fed Up! is just what the doctor ordered. Based in part on the Institute of Medicine’s ground-breaking report on childhood obesity, this new book from family physician and journalist Susan Okie provides in-depth background on the issue; shares heartrending but instructive case studies that illustrate just how serious and widespread the problem is; and gives honest, authoritative, science-based advice that constitute our best weapons in this critical battle.
Dr. Susan Okie has done exhaustive research into one of the most pressing medical issues of today – childhood obesity. The 322 page hardcover book explores the issues surrounding this problem that continues to grow. Obesity not only effects a child’s self-esteem but can lead to medical problems; high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. In her book, Okie examines the causes and cures for obesity. Citing both nature and nurture, Okie gives true life examples of what people are doing to combat the problem. With over 22 million children considered to be “fat” in today’s society, Okie looks at ways to lower the obesity rate. This book is a very valuable read for parents, health workers and others to recognize how rampant the problem is and what to do about it. Written in a friendly yet authoritative format Okie, covers a lot of material. Parents will find it helpful to learn what others have done to help their overweight child become healthier or to help prevent their child from becoming overweight. Health workers will appreciate the vast research Okie has done. Okie does skip around a little in the book which does interrupt the flow of the book ie in one paragraph she may jump from one idea to the next, but overall the book flows pretty well. She covers alot of ground! A very good look at childhood obesity one of our nation’s most serious problems!
- Title: Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity
- Autor: Susan Okie
- Publisher (Publication Date): Joseph Henry Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2005)
- Language: English
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