Obesity: Impact on Cardiovascular Disease

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Gerald Fletcher, Scott Grundy, Laura Hayman
Wiley, Dec 16, 1999 - Medical - 390 pages
Obesity is becoming increasingly prevalent in a worldwide context, and has been recognised as a major contributing factor in heart disease. This volume was authored by the participants in a 1998 AHA sponsored conference on the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease.

The three main sections of the book set out to evaluate current research pertaining to causation and cardiovascular sequela of obesity. Part I defines obesity, exploring its epidemiology, its genetic and non-genetic influences and its contribution to the problem of cardiovascular disease. Special attention is given to the primary prevention of obesity as a means of avoiding specific sequelae as well as the difficulties experienced by those who try to lose weight. Part II deals with the relatively new and much heralded discovery of obesity related genes the current state of diet drugs and valvular heart disease, and the interaction of obesity and metabolism, hormonal regulation and various other biological systems. Recent basic advances in the biological understanding of obesity are introduced. Part III suggests the most accurate ways of assessing BMI, of defining helpful dietary strategies and of managing the issues involved in the implementation of physical activity and pharmacological intervention as a means to decrease and maintain weight. Quality of life, economic issues and managed care settings are also discussed.

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About the author (1999)

Grundy is one of the nation's foremost lipid specialists and the director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor in the Division of Nursing, The Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and Adjunct Professor, Integrative and Behavioral Cardiovascular Health Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Hayman received her MSN in Nursing of Children and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of the University of Pennsylvania faculty (in Nursing and later Medicine) for nearly 20 years, and served as Chair of the Nursing of Children Division. Following this, she was the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and includes a twelve-year study of genetic and environmental determinants of risk factors for CVD in twins as they advance through childhood and adolescence. Dr. Hayman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She has co-edited five previous books and has served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards, including (currently)" American Journal of Health Behavior, MCN: The Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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