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The Science Inside: Obesity

The obesity booklet discusses the importance of good health habits such as eating right and exercising. It talks about how the body takes in energy and what it does with excess energy it doesn’t use up. Other topics that are covered include the health problems obesity contributes to, as well as how to prevent and treat obesity.

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Book Reviewers

Marie E. Latulippe, MS, RN, is a senior project manager at the International Life Sciences Institute North America, located in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for the technical committees on Food and Chemical Safety and on Food Microbiology. She also has worked at ENVIRON Corporation on dietary issues and at the University of Wisconsin Hospital as a clinical nutritionist. She is a registered dietician.

Henry L. Laws, MD, FACS, is the former director of surgical education at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala, where he was a renowned bariatric surgeon. He also served as a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is now retired.

Additional resources on fitness and nutrition are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

Active at Any Size
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how a heavy person can start exercising and which exercises are best for him or her.

Asthma and Physical Activity at School
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Explains how to help children with asthma exercise during the school day.

Binge Eating Disorders
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains what binge eating disorders are and how people who suffer from them can be helped.

Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living
National Cancer Institute
Empowers African American churchgoers to eat better.

Catch the Ball
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Encourages women and girls to get involved in sports and exercise.

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to choose a healthy diet or weight-loss program.

Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste! ¡Reduzca la grasa—no el sabor!
National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual – English and Spanish. Explains how to eat more healthily without losing flavor.

Nutrition Center
American Heart Association
Provides heart-healthy and cholesterol-conscious recipes.

Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains the health risks of being overweight and how to reduce them.

Energize Yourself and Your Family
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Offers tips on how to get moving, prepare healthy, tasty meals, and eat right on the go. Aimed especially at African American women.

The Exercise Habit
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers basic questions about how to start and maintain an exercise plan.

Exercise and Weight Control
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Talks about exercising to lose or control weight.

Exercise: How to Get Started
American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains how to start exercising.

Fitness Fundamentals: Guidelines for Personal Exercise Programs
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Tells you what you should know before you start exercising.

Fitness for Less: Low-cost ideas for getting in shape
Mayo Clinic
Gives inexpensive ways to exercise.

Heart-Healthy Home Cooking: African American Style
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives healthier recipes for favorite soul foods.

Helping Your Child
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Answers parents’ questions about how to help their children eat well and exercise.

Just Enough for You: About Food Portions
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to measure food portions for different types of food.

Kids in Action: Fitness for Children
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Gives illustrated guide to making exercise fun for young children.

The Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Offers realistic tips on becoming more active and adding exercise to your life.

An Ounce of Prevention: A Guide to Heart Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Offers tips for making changes in your life that will protect your heart.

Pep Up Your Life: Exercise: The Key to the Good Life
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives illustrated guides to safe exercises for older adults.

Physical Activity and Health: Adolescents and Young Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives young adults tips for exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives tips for exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Older Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives senior citizens tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Persons with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives disabled people tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Women
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives women tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Weight Control
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains the benefits of exercise for weight loss and control.

Physical Activity: Calorie Use Chart
American Heart Association
Tells you how many calories you burn doing different types of exercise.

Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
American Heart Association
Gives easy-to-follow suggestions to add short bursts of physical activity to your day.

Stay Active and Feel Better! ¡Manténgase activo y siéntase bien!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Tells you how to exercise more.

Take Charge of Your Health: A Teenager’s Guide to Better Health
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Tells teens how to take health care into their own hands.

Ten Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for You
President’s Council on Physical Fitness
Gives tips for how to live a healthy life. Aimed at children and teens.

Walking: A Step in the Right Direction
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to start a walking exercise plan.

Watch Your Weight! ¡Cuide su peso!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Explains how to eat better and exercise more to control your weight.

Weight-Loss and Nutrition Myths
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Tells the myths and facts about losing weight and eating a healthy diet.

Weight Loss for Life
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to lose weight and keep it off.

You Can Control Your Weight as You Quit Smoking
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to quit smoking without gaining weight.

Recursos En Español

Cómo alimentarse y mantenerse activo durante toda la vida
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Answers parents’ questions about how to help their children eat well and exercise.

¡Cuide su peso! Watch Your Weight!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Explains how to eat better and exercise more to control your weight.

Ejercicio: Cómo empezar
American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains how to start exercising.

¡Manténgase activo y siéntase bien! Stay Active and Feel Better!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Tells you how to exercise more.

Más Vale Preventir Lamentar: Una guía para la salud del corazón
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Offers tips for making changes in your life that will protect your heart.

Platillos Latinos ¡Sabrosos y saludables!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives healthier recipes for favorite Latino foods.

¡Reduzca la grasa—no el sabor! Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste!
National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual – English and Spanish. Explains how to eat more healthily without losing flavor.