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Understanding Obesity is a major new textbook, designed to cover all of the essential elements concerning obesity within nutrition, dietetics and health sciences courses. Providing core knowledge for students is an essential and urgent requirement to ensure that those graduating will be properly equipped to deal with the huge incidence of overweight and obesity, currently effecting almost two-thirds of the population of the USA and with incidences in much of the rest of the world rapidly catching up. Comprising 27 chapters, each carefully written in a user-friendly style by an expert in the area, this landmark publication provides a huge wealth of essential information for all those working in the subject area worldwide. Understanding Obesity is organized into 5 parts. Part I helps the reader to understand the scope and complexity of the problem of obesity. Part II focuses on obesity etiology. Part III examines the health consequences of obesity for both children and adults. Part IV discusses the challenge of assessing obesity in humans and offers insights into community factors that influence the risk of obesity. Finally, Part V dedicates 13 chapters to a discussion of a wide variety of prevention and obesity treatment interventions that are currently in use. Understanding Obesity is an essential purchase for students studying nutrition and dietetics, health sciences and related courses and the many health professionals dealing with obesity on a day-to-day basis. Essential and core information for students studying nutrition, dietetics and health sciences Covers a topic of worlwide importance: an obesity epidemic is upon us Suberb list of top class authors from across North America Carefully peer reviewed and edited An essential reference for all those working in the subject area

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Glossaryp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Understanding the Scopep. 3
Epidemiology, etiology, and consequences of obesityp. 5
Cultural attitudes and biases toward obese personsp. 42
The application of public health lessons to stemming the obesity epidemicp. 58
Psychodynamic approaches to the treatment of obesityp. 84
Etiologyp. 93
Genetic contributions to the development of obesityp. 95
Hidden persuaders: environmental contributors to obesityp. 108
White adipose tissue as a dynamic organp. 123
Appetite and body weight regulationp. 133
Eating behaviors in obesity: the role of appetitep. 161
The relation of pregnancy and lactation to obesity development in the mother and childp. 181
Health Consequencesp. 197
Effect of obesity on development and health in childhoodp. 199
Impact of obesity during adulthood on chronic disease: diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and cancerp. 209
Assessmentp. 221
Measurement of human body composition to assess obesityp. 223
Assessment of obesity risk in the communityp. 239
Prevention and Intervention Approaches and Settingsp. 251
Behavioral approaches to the treatment of obesityp. 253
Non-dieting approaches to the treatment of obesityp. 273
Dietary intervention approaches to the treatment of obesityp. 295
Pharmacological approaches to the treatment of obesityp. 310
Surgical treatment of severe obesity: patient selection and screening, surgical options, and nutritional managementp. 320
Metabolic consequences of weight reductionp. 333
The role of physical activity in weight loss and weight loss maintenancep. 344
The challenge of weight loss maintenance: successful losersp. 354
Treatment of obesity in the primary care settingp. 365
Worksite health promotion for obesity preventionp. 374
Treatment of overweight and obesity in childrenp. 384
School-based interventions for overweight and obesity preventionp. 400
Preventing childhood obesity: It Takes a Nationp. 424
Indexp. 463
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