The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fatteningthe Human Race
Author: Barry Popkin
Category: Social Science
A compelling look at the global trends that have led to today's obesity crisis The planet's 1.6 billion overweight people by far outnumber the 700 million who are undernourished. This figure would have seemed ludicrous just fifty years ago. As a result of unprecedented trends in technology, globalization, government policy, and the food industry that are changing how we eat, drink, and move, we now live in a world populated by overweight people with debilitating health problems. In this fascinating look at the striking changes in both our lifestyles and food system since World War II, Barry Popkin shows how present options for eating and drinking- especially when combined with a dramatic reduction in physical activity-are clashing with millions of years of evolution to fatten the human race. Popkin argues that widespread obesity-and the chronic health problems that contribute to the bulk of deaths in the world-is less a result of poor dietary choices than about a hi-tech, interconnected world in which governments and multinational corporations have extraordinary power to shape our everyday lives.
Patrick Ryan’s first work of fiction is written with such authority, grace, and wisdom, it might be the capstone of a distinguished literary career. In the Florida of NASA launches, ranch houses, and sudden hurricanes, Teresa Kerrigan, ungrounded by two divorces, tries to hold her life together. But her ex-husbands linger in the background while her four children spin away to their own separate futures, each carrying the baggage of a complex family history. Matt serves as caretaker to the ailing father who abandoned him as a child, while his wild teenage sister, Karen, hides herself in marriage to a born-again salesman. Joe, a perpetual outsider, struggles with a private sibling rivalry that nearly derails him. And then there’s the youngest, Frankie, an endearing, eccentric sci-fi freak who’s been searching since childhood for intelligent life in the universe–and finds it. Written with wry affection, and with compassion for every character in its pages, Send Me is a wholly original, haunting evocation of family love, loss, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
Release on 2013-05-13 | by Scientific American Editors
Author: Scientific American Editors
Pubpsher: Scientific American
Category: Health & Fitness
Eat, Move, Think: Living Healthy by the Editors of Scientific American While many of us strive to live healthy lives, the task can be daunting and the information overwhelming. Should we be more concerned with our diet or with keeping our weight down? How important is exercise? What kinds of diseases should we really be worried about getting—or preventing? In this eBook, "Eat, Move, Think: Living Healthy," we've assembled a number of stories on what we think sums up a healthy lifestyle, as well as some of the common obstacles faced in trying to achieve it. Some would argue that diet is the cornerstone of healthy living. To that end the first section, "Diet for Health," opens with a story by nutritionist Marion Nestle, who sums up what it means to eat right in "Eating Made Simple." Subsequent sections look at the efficacy of vitamins and supplements, the benefits of exercise and the importance of coping with mental stress. Because obesity cannot be ignored—it is increasing at epidemic rates worldwide—Section 3 covers "The Obesity Epidemic." While lifestyle can be a component of many diseases, including cancer and heart disease, we chose to include a section on diabetes because, like obesity, it too is increasing rapidly. The key to living healthfully is making informed choices, whether those involve the food you eat, where to live, your ideal weight or how to stave off depression. Armed with the right knowledge, everyone can live a healthier life—and that means a happier life.
When Troy (a hugely overweight social leper) befriends Curt (a skinny homeless punk guitar genius), they both get much more than they bargained for. Troy's macho brother and ex-Marine father think Curt is just a junkie loser - but as Curt stopped Troy's suicide attempt, Troy can't just forget him. Curt recruits Troy as the new drummer in his punk band - but Troy has never played the drums in his life. When Curt's around, though, almost anything seems possible. An outstanding, heart-warming, funny, edgy, debut novel.
Release on 2012-03-19 | by Sara Stinson,Barry Bogin,Dennis H. O'Rourke
An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective
Author: Sara Stinson,Barry Bogin,Dennis H. O'Rourke
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Social Science
This comprehensive introduction to the field of human biology covers all the major areas of the field: genetic variation, variation related to climate, infectious and non-infectious diseases, aging, growth, nutrition, and demography. Written by four expert authors working in close collaboration, this second edition has been thoroughly updated to provide undergraduate and graduate students with two new chapters: one on race and culture and their ties to human biology, and the other a concluding summary chapter highlighting the integration and intersection of the topics covered in the book.
Making Peace with Women's Bodies (An Activist's Guide)
Author: Margo Maine, Ph.D.
Pubpsher: Gurze Books
Margo Maine spares no target in this straightforward and entertaining expose. Loaded with facts and inspirational quotes, this is an activist's guide for parents, educators, therapists, patients, former patients, or anyone who wants to fight against the forces that prevent women from being comfortable in their own bodies. Included are extensive Strategies for Change with ideas for personal and cultural growth, as well as resources with addresses, organizations, and recommended reading. * 25 Ways to Love Your Body * Guidelines for Letter Writing * Top Ten Reasons to Give Up Dieting * Join the Fight Against Fashion * See the Homogenizing Effects of Cosmetic Surgery * Stop Violence Against Women * Fight Size, Sex, and Age Discrimination * Tactics for Healthy Eating * Facts about Kids and Dieting
The politics of food is changing fast. In rich countries, obesity is now a more serious problem than hunger. Consumers once satisfied with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals. Heavily subsidized and underregulated commercial farmers are facing stronger push back from environmentalists and consumer activists, and food companies are under the microscope. Meanwhile, agricultural success in Asia has spurred income growth and dietary enrichment, but agricultural failure in Africa has left one-third of all citizens undernourished - and the international markets that link these diverse regions together are subject to sudden disruption. The second edition of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments and research on today's global food landscape, including biofuels, the international food market, food aid, obesity, food retailing, urban agriculture, and food safety. The second edition also features an expanded discussion of the links between water, climate change, and food, as well as farming and the environment. New chapters look at livestock, meat and fish and the future of food politics. Paarlberg's book challenges myths and critiques more than a few of today's fashionable beliefs about farming and food. For those ready to have their thinking about food politics informed and also challenged, this is the book to read. What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
We all know that fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can make us fat and unhealthy--but what about our environment? Learn how the world around you affects your weight as a widely-published dietitian explains how factors like air conditioning and the common cold may be new culprits in the world's increasing rates of obesity. This fresh, fast-paced analysis includes novel suggestions for lightening the load and is equal parts hard fact and accessible insight.