Food and You: A Guide to Healthy Habits for Teens

By Marjolijn Bijlefeld; Sharon K. Zoumbaris | Go to book overview

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LOSING WEIGHT THE HEALTHY WAY

Exercise and physical activity are important steps to overall fitness, but they make up only half of the formula. The other half is what you eat to fuel your body. Americans’ eating habits are less than ideal. Generally, we’re eating too few fruits and vegetables and too much fat. The result is what public health experts are calling an epidemic of obesity. Technically, obesity means having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. Roughly, it’s being about 30 pounds overweight. The obesity rate in the United States in 1998 was nearly 18%, and fully 55% of Americans are overweight. Jeffrey P. Koplan, the director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has called this an alarming trend, particularly because of the increases in childhood obesity. Koplan and others believe many factors contribute to the overweight condition of Americans. In a March 24, 2000, speech, titled, “21st Century Health Challenges: Can We All Become Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?” Dr. Koplan stated,

I believe that an increasingly rushed culture of convenience, along with flawed urban design and the proliferation of fast food and snack food marketing, have converged to create this epidemic. The technological advances that brought us automation, TV satellites, and urban sprawl have also removed many routine

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1 - Making Healthy Choices 1
  • 2 - The Basics 13
  • Additional Reading 31
  • 3 - Going Veg! 33
  • 4 - Fast-Food Trap 47
  • Additional Reading 60
  • 5 - Get off the Couch 61
  • Additional Reading 74
  • 6 - Losing Weight the Healthy Way 75
  • Additional Reading 86
  • 7 - Risky Business: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs 87
  • 8 - Be a Smart Food Shopper 109
  • Additional Reading 125
  • 9 - Setting Up Your First Kitchen 127
  • 10 - Eating Disorders 143
  • 11 - Special Diets 153
  • Appendix A 171
  • Appendix B 189
  • Appendix C 193
  • Appendix D 195
  • Appendix E 221
  • Appendix F 223
  • Appendix G 227
  • Index 247
  • About the Authors 253
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