by Lauri S. Friedman


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This series is inspired by the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series, which explores important issues, placing expert opinions from a wide range of sources in a unique pro/con format. Like its predecessor, Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. Even more user-friendly and accessible than its parent series, it offers a wealth of information at a lower reading level, in a bright, engaging package. This appealing combination helps more students grasp the controversies of our increasingly complex world. Each anthology features useful charts, graphs and cartoons, engaging fact boxes that provide at-a-glance information and questions that focus on vocabulary and reading comprehension. Further research is encouraged through annotated bibliographies, web sites and organizations to contact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737750836
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2010
Series: Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction: The Paradox of Obesity and Hunger in America 7

Section 1 Opposing Viewpoints on Obesity

Viewpoint 1 The Problem of Obesity Is a Crisis Dustin Wright Eric Wright Center for Urban Policy and the Environment 13

Viewpoint 2 The Problem of Obesity Is Not a Crisis Patrick Basham John Luik 22

Viewpoint 3 Being Obese Has Serious Health Risks Weight-control Information Network 32

Viewpoint 4 The Health Risks of Obesity Are Exaggerated Paul Campos 41

Viewpoint 5 The Government Is Responsible for Helping People Lose Weight Jeffrey Levi Emily Gadola Laura M. Segal 48

Viewpoint 6 The Government Is Not Responsible for Helping People Lose Weight William Saletan 56

Section 2 Model Essays and Writing Exercises

Preface A The Five-Paragraph Essay 64

Preface B The Persuasive Essay 66

Essay 1 The Government Does Not Belong at Our Dinner Tables 69

Exercise 1A Create an Outline from an Existing Essay 72

Exercise 1B Create an Outline for Your Own Essay 73

Essay 2 Schools Should Help Reduce Child Obesity 76

Exercise 2A Create an Outline from an Existing Essay 79

Exercise 2B Identify Persuasive Techniques 79

Essay 3 The American Way of Life Is Making People Fat 81

Exercise 3A Examining Introductions and Conclusions 86

Exercise 3B Using Quotations to Enliven Your Essay 87

Final Writing Challenge: Write Your Own Persuasive Five-Paragraph Essay 89

Section 3 Supporting Research Material

Appendix A Facts About Obesity 93

Appendix B Finding and Using Sources of Information 98

Appendix C Using MLA Style to Create a Works Cited List 102

Appendix D Sample Essay Topics 105

Organizations to Contact 107

Bibliography 112


Picture Credits 120

About the Editor 120

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