This is where Overcome Obesity, The Book, will be released, chapter by chapter. Eventually a completed, at least tentatively, book will be available completely on-line, for free. There will likely be a Kindle and other e-formats and possibly a paperback version, time will tell. The e-formats will likely cost less than 3 bucks, and the paperback, probably less than 10 bucks. The particulars regarding pricing will be clearer when the book is completed. However, as we have stated before, the book will always be freely available on this site. The completed “book form” will have a cost to them to cover publishing costs and a small additional amount to help cover OvercomeObesity.org operating costs. As stated in The Project section we are hoping to get some great feedback and recommendations during the process of releasing the book chapters so that revisions can be made and the resulting “completed” chapters and book will contain the best available information about how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Thanks in advance to all of you who will contribute, whether by feedback or by spreading the word, to this Project.
Listed to the right or below, depending on what device you are reading this on, is the Table of Contents (only a portion of it now) of the book. Click on the desired section to access the complete chapter. Also, the document is a living document, which means small and large revisions may be made. At the top of each chapter the latest revision date will be listed. Additionally, if there are considerable revisions that we plan on making to the chapter then there will be the following picture to represent that situation.
A few comments about referencing and in-text citations.
Proper referencing and citations are an important part of non-fiction writing. The following excerpt about non-fiction writing, written by Robert Vaux, will set the foundation for our comments about this subject.
Nonfiction writing is essentially factual writing, intended primarily to provide information rather than entertainment or speculative truths. Though the details and conclusions may include a certain amount of opinion, they must be backed up by concrete data and stem from a belief that the details are factual.
Nonfiction includes newspaper articles, magazine articles, autobiographies, travel essays, political essays and product reviews.
Thesis and Support
Many forms of nonfiction start by positing a thesis, then citing pieces of evidence in support of it.
Because nonfiction can be colored by conjecture and opinion, proper citation of sources is very important. A piece of nonfiction backed up by hard data becomes much more persuasive.1
As you can see, non-fiction writing has particular requirements if it is to be done properly. This means having references and using a method (APA, MLA, etc) that makes it easy to connect a statement with its reference. We used the AMA style; hence the little numbers at the end of some sentences. Regrettably, these requirements for proper non-fiction writing are absent from many popular writings in the weight management, fitness, nutrition, and psychology genres. We feel this can really be a detriment to these fields. Yes, even if proper referencing is done, there still can be problems. People can misinterpret the information and/or the study/paper itself may be flawed. That is all the more reason to do proper citations. People can actually check to see if what you are saying is really true, not that many people will do this. But that does not matter. This can help to weed out bad information and allows the scientific method to work. We did our best to put forth quality information, but there certainly is the chance we missed something. Being transparent and citing the evidence we use will hopefully lead to good discussions and a greater validity of what we have said or potentially to a change of a recommendation if new evidence supports it. If these little numbers bother you, please realize that they are there for good reasons.
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