Explores pros and cons of several issues related to obesity including: is the food industry at fault, can the government help prevent it, and effective treatments. Text contains critical thinking components in regards to social issues and history. Describes common argumentative techniques such as: the bandwagon technique, scapegoating, and bias. Includes bibliographic tes, timeline, glossary, index, additional resources and step-by-step instructions for writing an opinion-based essay. Aligns with Common Core Language Arts Anchor Standards for Reading Informational Text and Speaking and Listening. Correlations available on publisher's website.