Is obesity an illness? What is the connection between weight and genetics? These and other issues are explored in this balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding obesity and its import in healthcare. This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues surrounding obesity, at the same time offering a springboard for further research into the issue. Obesity is organized to provide researchers with easy access to the information they need: BL Section 1 provides an overview of the background information needed to understand the issues and controversies surrounding obesity. These include the physiology of obesity and the business of the diet industry BL Section 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issues and debates that provoke the most heated disagreements and misunderstandings, such as whether obesity is an illness and the connection between weight and genetics BL Section 3 offers reference material on obesity. There are primary-source documents from important players, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources.
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Table 11 Weight Classifications Based on BMI
Figure 11 Pear and Apple Body Shapes
Figure 21 Venus von Willendorf
Figure 31 Levels of Human Body Mass
Figure 32 Structure of a Triglyceride
Table 41 Ranking of Concerns of Female and Male Students
Table 51 Selected Genes and Their Effects on Obesity
Figure 61 Intensity Levels and Exercise Times
Figure 91 Why Dont We Exercise?
Table 101 Food Composition and Obesity
Figure 101 MyPyramid the 2005 Revision of the Food Pyramid
Figure 102 How to Read a Food Label
Table 102 FatFree Foods vs RegularCalorie Foods
Figure 121 Adjustable Gastric Binding
Section Three References and Resources
Figure 71 Healthy and Diseased Artery
Section Two Controversies and Issues
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