Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition

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Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
Guilford Publications, Nov 7, 2019 - Medical - 716 pages
The leading clinical reference work in the field--now significantly revised with 85% new material--this handbook gives practitioners and students a comprehensive understanding of the causes, consequences, and management of adult and childhood obesity. In concise, extensively referenced chapters from preeminent authorities, the Handbook presents foundational knowledge and reviews evidence-based psychosocial and lifestyle interventions as well as pharmacological and surgical treatments. It provides guidelines for conducting psychosocial and medical assessments and for developing individualized treatment plans. The effects of obesity--and of weight loss--on physical and psychological well-being are reviewed, as are strategies for helping patients maintain their weight loss.

New to This Edition
*Many new authors and topics; extensively revised and expanded with over 15 years of research and clinical advances, including breakthroughs in understanding the biological regulation of appetite and body weight.
*Section on contributors to obesity, with new chapters on food choices, physical activity, sleep, and psychosocial and environmental factors.
*Chapters on novel treatments for adults--acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, digitally based interventions, behavioral economics, community-based programs, and nonsurgical devices.
*Chapters on novel treatments for children and adolescents--school-based preventive interventions, family-based behavioral weight loss treatment, and bariatric surgery.
*Chapters on the gut microbiome, the emerging field of obesity medicine, reimbursement for weight loss therapies, and managing co-occurring eating disorders and obesity.

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Part II Behavioral Environmental and Psychosocial Contributors to Obesity
Part III Health Consequences of Weight Reduction
Part IV Assessment of Patients with Obesity
Part V Treatment of Obesity in Adults
Part VI Additional Approaches to and Resources for the Treatment of Obesity
Part VII Childhood Obesity and Obesity Prevention
Author Index
Subject Index

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Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, is the Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He also is Visiting Professor of Psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Wadden's more than 500 scientific publications have focused on the treatment of obesity by methods including diet, physical activity, behavior therapy, medication, and surgery. He also has investigated the health and psychosocial consequences of obesity and its associated eating disorders. Dr. Wadden is past president of the Obesity Society and has served on numerous panels for the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the TOPS Research Achievement Award from the Obesity Society, mentoring awards from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Obesity Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

George A. Bray, MD, is Boyd Professor Emeritus at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University; Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the Louisiana State University Medical Center; and Visiting Scientist at the Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. With over 2,000 scientific publications, Dr. Bray has conducted influential research on the causes of obesity, dietary approaches to the prevention of hypertension and diabetes, and dietary approaches to weight loss. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Endocrinology, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Other honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, induction into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and the Presidential Medal from the Obesity Society.

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