The old adage of you are what you eat is a valuable reminder when choosing what to eat against goals for disease prevention. Author Bonnie Juettner examines how a person's diet impacts disease. Readers will learn about four diseases that a good diet can prevent. Teens who are making a difference through diet are presented, as well as what the government is doing in efforts to help us understand the importance of dieting.
Grades 6-9. The attractively designed title in the Nutrition & Health series will help middle-grade and high-school students make good decisions about the food they eat. Unlike some nutrition books, the tone remains mostly positive, informing readers about the negative effects of poor choices such as obesity and disease while also encouraging them to take control of their own decisions by reading nutrition labels. Although it uses the nutrition pyramid, recently put aside for the newer “plate” model, the information remains very current, and each book highlights recent scientific studies. Diet and Disease discusses the food choices that lead to the “big four” diseases of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes and shows how good nutrition can help prevent deadly disease. Each volume is clearly written, addressing real-life concerns with solid information and perspective, and includes color photographs, notes, and lists of further resources.