Obesity (Matters of Opinion) Reviewed by Children's Bookwatch

Dec 27, 2016

"Written for students ages 8-12 years, "Obesity" is a guidebook to current issues involved with obesity, plus causes, treatments, and solutions. Using colorful graphs, fact filled interpretive sidebars, and comparative analysis, "Obesity" examines opinions, cause and effect, and factors such as emotional appeal in rising health issues relating to increased obesity in both adult and children in the United States. "Obesity" questions whether the rising trends of obesity are the fault of the food industry, whether or not government can help prevent obesity, and weighs the effectiveness of dieting as a treatment for obesity. Students are asked to wrap it up and write their own essays after examining the information and opinions. In addition to the chapters of information and guidelines for essay writing, there is a timeline (noting that the percentage of obese kids in the U. S. has increased from 5 percent in 1971 to 33 percent in 2015), notes on each chapter , a glossary, and a bibliography. "Obesity" is an excellent information mine and stimulus to encourage young readers to develop opinions founded on strong research. Other titles in the "Matters of Opinion" series that are also highly recommended include the following: "Bullying (9781599537542)," by Carla Mooney, "Cell Phones (9781599537559)," by Andrea Nakaya, and "School Violence (9781599537573)," by Toney Allman."

Children's Bookwatch, December 2016