Obesitpathfinder.jpgy and the Media Grades 6-8
This pathfinder was created to help find resources that help you understand more about obesity and the effects that media may or may not have on obesity. Obesity is an issue that effects much of our population, but what are the things that influence this problem? These resources will help you gain a basic knowledge of what obesity is and help you decide if media is one of the things that influences obesity in the United States.
These are the Iowa Core Curriculum Essential Skills that Concepts that are incorporated into this research. Social StudiesUnderstand current social issues to determine how the individual is able to formulate opinions and respond to those issues.
Understanding factors that create patterns of interdependence in the world economy.
Understanding the cause and effect relationships and other historical thinking skills in order to interpret events and issues.
Understand the role of the United States in current world affairs.

Interpret data represented in a variety of ways.

Use a variety of skills and strategies to comprehend nonfiction and informational text.
Use a variety of strategies and skills to comprehend and interpret fiction.
Produce a coherent message.
Participate in a variety of communication situations.
Analyze the effects of visual media on society and culture.
Apply writing strategies to communicate in a variety of genres.

21st Century Skills
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action.
Demonstrate functional health literacy skills to obtain, interpret, understand and use basic health concepts to enhance personal, family and community health.
Utilize interactive literacy and social skills to establish personal, family and community health goals.
Apply critical literacy/thinking skills related to personal, family and community wellness.
Employ media literacy skills to analyze media and other influences to effectively manage personal, family and community health situations.
Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using interactive technology.

Here are Dewey numbers, keywords, or phrases that may help you in your search!
Nutrition 613
Obesity 618.9
Weight Control 613.2
Childhood Obesity
Media and Obesity

Next, try these resources to find a good basic understanding of obesity and how media may or may not influence obesity.
Encyclopedia-Use this source to find general information about the keyword "obesity" and "nutrition
Don't forget to look under the "Special Reports" heading on the left side to see articles about childhood
obesity. Use your Bowman Woods login and password to access this site.
This may lead you to World Book Advanced for more helpful information.
World Book Student Online
Encyclopedia-This encyclopedia will be found in the reference section of our library in print form under the Dewey number R 031 Sch. Use this reference to find the keywords "obesity".
Scholastic Children's Encyclopedia. Scholastic, 2004, . 1v
Dictionary-You will find this dictionary on the reference section shelves R 423 Web. Use this dictionary to look up words that you will be using, so you understand what they mean and can use them in your project. It is important to know the definition of words such as obesity, malnutrition, and influence.
Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. (Merriam-Webster, 1971, 1995, 2003 Irreg). 1v.
Atlas- The atlas is found on the reference shelf with the call number R 912 Nat. This reference will show you facts related to obesity in the world and how the United States compares. Try to look for the words "calorie consumption", hunger and obesity.
Atlas of the World (National Geographic,2005, Irreg)1v.

Subject Encyclopedia #1-Go to the call number R 552.E18 and look for the Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders to take a closer look at all of the topics related to obesity to give you some well rounded knowledge of this issue.
The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders, Facts on File, 2006, 1v.
Subject Encyclopedia #2-Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine online has an article under the keyword obesity that will help you discover a chart of heights and healthy weights, causes, symptoms and treatments. Remember to use your ID and password to access this article.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, June 3, 2010
Subject Encyclopedia #3-Take a look at the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture on our shelf with the call number R 30 Gal. This resource covers topics such as: nutrition, food, and energy. It also gives you some history about different cultures and their beliefs about food.
The Encyclopedia of Food and culture, Gale/Scribner's, 2003, 3v.
Encyclopedia #4-Another resource to try is the World of Health, which can be found on our reference shelf with the call number of R130.5 Gal. This encyclopedia will give you definitions of obesity, nutrition and any other related topics. This is organized A-Z by health topic so head for "o" for obesity first.
World of Health, Gale, 2000, 1v.
Almanac #5-You will be able to find The World Almanac and Book of Facts on our reference shelf under the call number R 31.02 Wor. Use this resource to find facts about obesity in the United States and possible statistics on how much media children view. This may also shed light on regions of the United States that may have obesity issues.
The World Almanac and Book of Facts, World Almanac, 2009, 1v.
Fictional Book- By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters is a story about Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career contemplates suicide because of her weight issue. This story addresses the emotions and social problems that accompany obesity.
Peters, Julie Anne. (2010). By the time you read this, I'll be dead. New York: Hyperion.
Magazine Article- Click here to read about a study done in Taiwan about Television Viewing, Fast-Food Consumption and Children's Obesity From this study, what is your stand on thinking about children in the United States? Do kids gain weight because they are watching too much TV or is it the foods that children consume?
Chang, Hung-Hao and Nayga, Rodolfo M.(2009, July). Television Viewing, Fast-Food Consumption and Children's Obesity. Contemporary Economic Policy, v. 27, iss. 3, pp. 293-307.
Newspaper Article-Combating Childhood Obesity is an article that help you make a decision about how childhood obesity can be helped.
Dickey, Elissa (2010) Combating Childhood Obesity, American News, Retrieved from SIRS.
Streaming Video-Teens at Risk: An Epidemic of Obesity is a video that you can view. Maybe it will help you think about obesity from a peer's point of view, the problems it creates and possible solutions. What can be done about obesity?
Films Media Group. Teens at risk: An epidemic of obesity.Junk Food Wars. Retrieved from Health Reference Center. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE48&SID=5&iPin= FMG008259&SingleRecord=True
Mrs. Clanin can give you ideas when you find yourself stuck, so ask her for help!