Annotated Bibliography: Obesity

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Hills, A.,, eds. (2007). Children, Obesity & Exercise. New York: Routledge.
America's children are not getting enough exercise, and the health risks due to obesity are becoming epidemic in nature. Even First Lady Michelle Obama is supporting an initiative to help children become more active and to provide for exercise (at least 30-60 minutes per day) in all schools. Even limited amounts of exercise can have great health benefits. When humans exercise, the brain produces chemicals that help enhance mood, limit cravings for sugars, and contribute to healthier joints, muscles, the heart, and kidneys. In turn, this translates into more productive work time, the ability to sleep better, increase memory, and reduce dependence on medications. Children are so vulnerable to this health risk that if it continues, over 60% of graduating seniors will be clinically obese. Written by a medical journalist, the book is designed for the lay reader but has a number of documented scholarly sources.
Lluch, A., (2000). Dietary intakes, eating style and overweight. International
Journal of Obesity. 24 (11): 1493-9.
Are there negatives to healthy eating? Certainly none that are medical but, in our society of fast food, it is more expensive to eat right, fresh vegetables, hormone free meat, low sugar beverages all are a bit more expensive that the high-carbohydrate, fast foods so popular. What are the consequences of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise? They are numerous there

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