by Lauri S. Scherer

Hardcover(Library Binding)

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Students must often make informed decisions about serious issues that will affect the course of their lives. Smoking, drunk driving, and violence are just a few of these challenging issues. Focusing on topics of special concern to students, the Issues That Concern You series helps make these complex issues less intimidating and more accessible. Each volume presents eight to twelve readings from a variety of perspectives that allow students to better understand and navigate the highlighted topic. Color photos, charts, graphs, tables and editorial cartoons reinforce information as well as present important statistical data. Each volume also includes factual analysis taken from a variety of government and research facilities, to tell students more of what they want to know about the issue. Relevant websites, a bibliography and thorough subject index round out each volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737762983
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2013
Series: Issues That Concern You Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 Obesity Has Serious Health Risks: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 10

2 The Health Risks of Obesity Have Been Exaggerated Patrick Basham John Luik 15

3 Obesity Threatens National Security: Mission: Readiness 21

4 Lack of Personal Responsibility Causes Obesity Deborah Coddington 27

5 Obesity Is Not Related to Personal Responsibility Alone David J. Linden 32

6 Poverty Is Linked to Obesity Susan Blumenthal 37

7 Poverty Does Not Cause Obesity James A. Bacon 45

8 Parents of Obese Children Should Lose Custody of Them David L. Katz 49

9 Parents of Obese Children Should Not Lose Custody of Them Trish Kahle 54

10 Taxing Junk Food and Soda Ingredients Can Reduce Obesity David Lazarus 61

11 Junk Food and Soda Should Not Be Taxed Andrew P. Morriss 67

12 Healthier School Lunches Can Reduce Obesity Mary Sanchez 71

13 Healthier School Lunches Will Not Reduce Obesity Trevor Butterworth 76

14 Obesity Can Be Prevented by Making Healthy Foods Cheaper Mattea Kramer 81

15 Healthy Food Is Cheap Enough but Americans Do Not Choose It Mark Bittman 86


What You Should Know About Obesity 94

What You Should Do About Obesity 99

Organizations to Contact 103

Bibliography 110

Index 115

Picture Credits 120

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