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Childhood Obesity in America

Biography of an Epidemic

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ISBN 9780674281448

Publication Date: 06/09/2014


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones, 5 line illustrations, 3 graphs


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  • Introduction
  • I. Measurement and Diagnosis
    • 1. How Big Is Normal? Quantifying Children’s Body Size
    • 2. Measuring Up: Height–Weight Standards and Diagnosis
    • 3. Sugar, Spice, Frogs, Snails: The Composition of the Fat Child
    • 4. Insides Made Easy: Measuring and Diagnosing Obesity Using Body Composition
  • II. Causes and Treatments
    • 5. Something Wrong Inside: Childhood Obesity as a Biological Fault, and the Hope for a Drug Treatment
    • 6. The Enduring Promise: The Continued Search for a Pharmaceutical Remedy
    • 7. Feeling Fat: Emotions and Family as Factors in Childhood Obesity
    • 8. Kalorie Kids: Energy Balance and the Turn to Child Responsibility
    • 9. Summer Slimming: Fat Camps as a Diet-and-Exercise Obesity Treatment
  • III. Epidemic
    • 10. Bigger Bodies in a Broken World: Television and the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
    • 11. Fat Kids Go to Court: Legal Action as Public Health Response to Childhood Obesity
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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