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See also: Weight Control and Fitness & Exercise.

Selected Books

Ali, Naheed
The Obesity Reality: A Comprehensive Approach to a Growing Problem
The Obesity Reality discusses medical, personal and financial viewpoints to explain how and why the problem exists both in the United States and around the world, and in men, women, children.
Blank, Hanne
The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts
Hanne Blank, fat girl and personal trainer, understands the physical and emotional roadblocks that overweight women face in the world of exercise. Hanne shows readers how to choose workout options from WiiFit to extreme sports, avoid common sports injuries, get proper nutrition, source plus-size workout gear, hire a trainer, and more.
The Family Guide to Fighting Fat: A Parent's Guide to Handling Obesity and Eating Issues
RJ399.C6 F36 2007
This book from Texas Children's Hospital gives parents the information and strategies they need to help their children eat less fast food and boost fitness.
Kerr, Meera Patricia
Big Yoga. A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies
RA781.7.K47 2010
This practical yoga guide for those with bigger bodies contains information regarding clothing, mats, and suitable environments. Easy-to-follow photographs accompany every exercise.
Kessler, David A.
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
QP141.K467 2009x
Dr. David Kessler, the former FDA commissioner who reinvented the food label, reveals how the food industry has hijacked the brains of millions of Americans by creating products with loads of sugar, fat, and salt to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with a nation of overeaters.
Lustig, Robert H.
Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
RA645.O23 L873 2013
Lustig's 90-minute YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" has been viewed more than two million times. He documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.
Neufeld, Naomi
KidShape: A Practical Prescription for Raising Healthy, Fit Children
RJ206.N397 2004
Dr. Naomi Neufeld founded KidShape which is a family-based weight-management program that has helped young people lose weight by learning how to make healthy choices about eating and activity.
Saunders, Len
Keeping Kids Fit: A Family Plan for Raising Active, Healthy Children
RJ133.S28 2010x
Addressing the childhood obesity crisis that is facing today's youth, this simple and effective guide to exercise and nutrition provides a comprehensive plan for encouraging children to live healthier, more active lifestyles.
Sears, William and Peter Sears
Dr. Sears' LEAN Kids: A Total Health Program for Children Ages 6-12
RJ133.S43 2003
Pediatrician guru William Sears warns parents against childhood obesity and offers a guide to help them keep their children lean and strong. LEAN as in Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition.
Whyte, John
AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer
Complete with three prescriptive weight-loss plans, the AARP New American Diet helps you lose up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks while staying vital, happy, and healthy for a lifetime.
Zinczenko, David
Eat This, Not That! for Kids!: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save Your Child from Obesity!
RJ206.Z52 2008
David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, and co-author Matt Goulding have created a guide for concerned parents that offers detailed analysis and nutritional tips on thousands of the most popular food choices for kids and covers the best and worst options available at restaurants and in the supermarket aisles.

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Big Yoga. Beginners Hatha 1
(DVD) RA781.7.B5425 2006x
Introduces a system of yoga for individuals who are overweight. Benefits of program include: lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart rate; mitigation of health risks of being overweight; improvement of mood and self-esteem; improvement of tone and harmonization of organs and endocrine system; decreased need for insulin in diabetics.
Childhood Nutrition: Preventing Obesity. Volume 1, Feeding your Baby (Birth to Age 1)
(DVD) RJ216.C4685 2012x
What and how we feed our children matters, and instilling healthy eating habits early in childhood can help prevent obesity later in life. This volume gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to make the best nutritional choices for infants, starting at birth. Features benefits of breastfeeding, age-appropriate foods, food allergies, food safety, and tips for eating together as a family.
Childhood Nutrition: Preventing Obesity. Young Children Eating Right (Ages 1-5)
(DVD) RJ206.C51857 2012x
A program offering advice and techniques for establishing a healthful diet for children ages 1-5, emphasizing the prevention of obesity. Features meal and snack ideas, tips on how to deal with picky eaters, and ideas for active playtime.
Food and Fitness Matter: Raising Healthy, Active Kids
(DVD) RJ399.C6 F6624 2006x
Addresses the childhood obesity problem in United States and presents tips for parents to improve their children's health, including serving healthier food and increasing physical activity.
The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic
(DVD) RA645.O23 W445 2012x
This HBO Documentary Film was produced in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. You can also watch it online. There is also a companion book: The Weight of the Nation: Surprising Lessons about Diets, Food, and Fat.

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Web Sites

  • F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012
    This report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) ranks the various states in obesity.
  • The Skinny on Obesity
    Is sugar a toxin that's fueling the global obesity epidemic? That's the argument UCSF's Dr. Robert Lustig made in "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," a 2009 UCTV video that's since gone viral and sparked a national dialogue. In "The Skinny on Obesity," a 7-part series from UCTV Prime, Dr. Lustig and two of his UCSF colleagues tease out the science behind this alarming claim and the dire threat it poses to global public health.
  • WebMD: Obesity Directory
    A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight or his or her body mass index (BMI) is over 30.