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Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity

Obesity now ranks second only to smoking as a wholly preventable cause of death. It is a major contributor to heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. Even conservative estimates show that 20 per cent of all children are now considered to be overweight – worldwide there are 22 million kids under five years old that are defined as fat. Eating way too much unhealthy food coupled with lifestyles that don’t involve a lot of physical activity accounts for a lot of what’s making our children heavier. But that’s not the whole story. Researchers are at a loss to explain why obesity rates have risen so suddenly and so steeply. “Fed Up!”, based in part on the Institute of Medicine’s ground-breaking report on childhood obesity, and written by paediatrician and journalist, Susan Okie, provides in-depth background on this issue, shares heart-rending but instructive case studies that illustrate just how serious and widespread the problem is, and gives honest, authoritative, science-based advice that constitute our best weapons in this critical battle.

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