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The Real Story Behind Obesity

To properly address America's weight problem, we need to change our strategy

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

The Real Story Behind Obesity (11/10/2004)

Presentation transcript

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. How might obesity affect your day-to-day activities?
  2. What is leptin and what does it do?
  3. What kinds of activities occur in the fat cell?
  4. What is the adaptive value of the fat cell’s activity?
  5. Which diseases appear at a higher rate in obese individuals?
  6. How has prosperity affected the prevalence of obesity in America?

Related Links

Especially for students and teachers

Time for a Change (AAFP)
FamilyDoctor.org recommends ways to overcome weight problems.

Childhood Obesity (AOA)
The American Obesity Association says it's a serious issue with many consequences.

Of general interest

Overweight and Obesity (NCCDPHP)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers frequently asked questions.

Marketing Food to Children (WHO)
A report from the World Health Organization examines how the global regulatory environment that surrounds food marketing has affected the way children choose what they eat.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (USDA)
Department of Agriculture Web site provides food and nutrition resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.

Getting Fit Whenever, Wherever (AHA)
The American Heart Association says it's easy to have short bouts of exercise every day, whether you're at home, at work, or at play.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
With nearly 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well being.

Gastric Bypass A-Z (WebMD)
The "skinny" on gastric bypass surgery from WebMD.

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