Obesity

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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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.

Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding obesity and its import in today's world of healthcare.

  

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Contents

Table 11 Weight Classifications Based on BMI
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Figure 11 Pear and Apple Body Shapes
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Figure 21 Venus von Willendorf
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Figure 31 Levels of Human Body Mass
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Figure 32 Structure of a Triglyceride
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Table 41 Ranking of Concerns of Female and Male Students
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Table 51 Selected Genes and Their Effects on Obesity
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Figure 61 Intensity Levels and Exercise Times
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Figure 91 Why Dont We Exercise?
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Table 101 Food Composition and Obesity
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Figure 101 MyPyramid the 2005 Revision of the Food Pyramid
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Figure 102 How to Read a Food Label
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Table 102 FatFree Foods vs RegularCalorie Foods
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Figure 121 Adjustable Gastric Binding
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Section Three References and Resources
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Index
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Figure 71 Healthy and Diseased Artery
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Section Two Controversies and Issues
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About the author (2006)

EVELYN B. KELLY is a writer specializing in health and environmental topics. She is a co-author of The Skeletal System volume in the Greenwood Human Body Systems series.

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