Living with Obesity

Living with Obesity

by Nicolas Stettler, Susan Shelly


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More than 9 million young people between the ages of six and 19 are considered overweight or obese-nearly 17 percent of that population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is an excess of body fat that is associated with health problems. It can be treated by changing one's diet, decreasing sedentary behaviors, and increasing physical activity in order to achieve energy balance.

Living with Obesity explains obesity and provides teens with the information they need to understand it. The book addresses the causes of obesity, symptoms and related illnesses, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, coping with obesity, and more. Lists of suggested reading and online resources help readers plan further research. This accessible book is the ideal one-stop guide for those living with obesity, whether in themselves or a loved one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816075911
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Series: Teen's Guides Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

A Note from the Authors vi

Acknowledgments vi

1 What Is Obesity? 1

2 What Causes Obesity? 12

3 How Our Environments Work Against Us 23

4 Fighting Back against the Obesogenic Environment 37

5 How Being Obese Affects You Socially, Psychologically, and Physically 44

6 Making the Decision to Take Control of Your Health: Be Healthy for Your Own Sake 65

7 Changing Behaviors to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle 79

8 A Long-Term Approach for Achieving and Maintaining Healthy Weight 95

9 Strategies for Dealing with Obesity in Daily Life 105

10 Helping Others Cope with Obesity 117

11 Paying for Care 126

Appendix: Online Resources 134

Glossary 141

Read More About It 146

Index 150

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