Textbook of Obesity: Biological, Psychological and Cultural Influences

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Sharon R. Akabas, Sally Ann Lederman, Barbara J. Moore
John Wiley & Sons, May 8, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 479 pages
"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"--Provided by publisher.
 

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Contents

Understanding the Scope
5
2
42
3
58
4
84
Genetic contributions to
95
6
108
84
115
dynamic organ
123
161
296
treatment of obesity
310
patient selection and screening
320
weight reduction
333
22
344
successful losers
354
primary care setting
365
obesity prevention
374

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9
161
lactation to obesity development
181
and health in childhood
199
Assessment
223
the community
239
Prevention and Intervention
253
133
272
treatment of obesity
273
the treatment of obesity
295
obesity in children
384
overweight and obesity
400
It Takes a Nation
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459
Extensive bank of Questions and Answers
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Sharon R. Akabas has taught a wide range of nutrition-related courses at Columbia University for nearly 30 years. She is particularly interested in helping students understand the complexity of weight, from basic science to practice and policy. She is currently the Director of the MS in Nutrition Program at Columbia's Institute of Human Nutrition.

Sally Ann Lederman has been a faculty member in nutrition and public health at Columbia University since 1983. Most of her teaching and research have focused on the biological and public health aspects of pregnancy and lactation.

Barbara J. Moore has more than 30 years of experience in the field of obesity. Her background includes research, education, policy formulation and program development in the public and private sectors.

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