Diabesity A Doctor and Her Patients on the Front Lines of the Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic

ISBN-10: 0553383795

ISBN-13: 9780553383799

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Experts now predict that more than one-third of American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the link between obesity and diabetes, this passionate, frightening–but ultimately hopeful–book points the way to a solution. To enter Dr. Francine Kaufman’s clinic is to see the future of America: a 220-pound twelve-year-old boy…a 267-pound thirteen-year-old girl…their concerned but equally overweight parents…the human faces and human suffering behind the epidemic of type 2 diabetes that threatens to overwhelm our health care system. Once a disease of the elderly, type 2 diabetes now strikes adults in their prime–and, increasingly, children. It has nearly doubled in the last decade. The cause? Our soaring rates of obesity. Diabesity takes us to the front lines of the fight against this preventable but deadly disease. Through vivid patient stories, it explains how excess weight destroys the body’s ability to process sugar properly–with life-threatening consequences. It shows what happens when the genes that evolved to protect us from famine collide with a sedentary lifestyle that has put bacon cheeseburgers on every corner. And it demonstrates why our usual blame-the-victim response is futile in face of the complex, worldwide forces behind this epidemic. Detailing the tools for change at every level–from families to school systems to government–and reporting on innovative programs that are already making a difference, Diabesity offers a compelling action plan for winning this battle. From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The Devil Is Diabetes
A Tale of Two Children
Diabetes Descends on My Grandma Sadie
The March to Type 2 Diabetes
The Blood Sugar Balancing Act
A Life-Altering Diagnosis
Running on Empty
The Long Haul
The Evolution of Our Destruction
Designed for Feast or Famine
The Land of Plenty
Diabesity Around the World
Engines of Change
The New Normal
Who's Responsible?
Reading, Writing, and Diabesity
Nine to Five
The Healthcare Challenge
Epilogue: A Choice of Futures
Resources
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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