Physical Activity and Obesity

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Human Kinetics, 2000 - Medical - 400 pages

Obesity and a physically inactive lifestyle are two of the most prevalent risk factors for common chronic diseases in the Western world. Physical Activity and Obesity provides the exercise science and sports medicine communities with a much-needed reference that addresses the key issues concerning the link between physical activity (or inactivity) and obesity.

Each of the book's 19 chapters is written by one or more experts in the field. These prominent scientists and clinicians provide clear explanations of the concepts, research techniques, and results presented. The authors present up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative discussions on the various aspects of physical activity and obesity, and the supporting data is reviewed, tabulated, and diagrammatically illustrated.

The chapters are organized into four broad categories so that readers can quickly access those chapters that are most pertinent to their interests and needs.

Part I provides an overview of the current obesity epidemic, its implications for morbidity and mortality rates, and its economic burden.

Part II includes chapters on the determinants of obesity and the assessments of energy expenditure components and dietary habits.

Part III provides an overview of the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity for various population groups, including the severely obese, and it addresses the topic of weight loss maintenance.

Finally, Part IV focuses on the role of physical activity in the comorbidities of obesity and with respect to the health status of the obese. It also discusses how to modify the physical activity habits of the obese.

Physical Activity and Obesity is an indispensable resource for researchers, medical practitioners, public health policy decision-makers, and students. In fact, it's an excellent text for anyone who wants to better understand the role of physical activity in the overall energy balance equation and its influence on the health status of the obese.

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About the author (2000)

Claude Bouchard,one of the world's leaders in the study of genetics and physical activity, is the executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the George A. Bray Chair in Nutrition at Louisiana State University. Previously, he held the Donald B. Brown Research Chair on Obesity.

Dr. Bouchard's research has focused on the genetics of adaptation to exercise, nutritional interventions, and the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities. His efforts have been funded from various agencies including the National Institute of Health and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Bouchard has authored or co-authored several books and has published more than 500 professional and scientific papers. Former president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Dr. Bouchard is the president-elect of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

Among other awards, he has received the Honor Award from the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences, a Citation Award from the Americian College of Sports Medicine, the Benjamin Delessert Award in Nutrition from France, the Willendorf Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity, the Sandoz Award from the Canadian Atherosclerosis Society, the Albert Creff Award in Nutrition of the National Academy of Medicine of France, and a Honoris Causa Doctorate in Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Dr. Bouchard holds an MSc in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Anthropological Genetics from the University of Texas.

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