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Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children, 3rd Edition

Peter G. Kopelman (Editor), Ian D. Caterson (Editor), William H. Dietz (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8226-3
512 pages
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Obesity is a major problem facing doctors in the 21st century. This third edition of a highly-respected textbook combines the latest in clinical research with a practical approach to guide the successful evaluation, management and treatment of the obese patient including the large number of complications and other conditions that can arise as a consequence of it.

Written by experts from around the globe, this book is a truly international work recognizing that the approach for the treatment and management of obesity may vary between differing ethnicities and in different countries. The book addresses obesity and its social and cultural aspects, biology, associated diseases, life stages (pediatric and adult), management, and environmental policy approaches in six sections.  As well as covering the latest approaches to treatment of obesity, Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children considers the effects of the environment, of gender and of culture on this problem. 

This is an invaluable resource for all health care professionals, research scientists and public health practitioners involved in the prevention and care of patients who are at risk of obesity or are already obese.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Obesity

1 Epidemiology: Definition and Classification of Obesity

2 Measuring Body Composition in Adults and Children

3 Stigma and Social Consequences of Obesity

4 Obesity and Culture,

5 Obesity and Gender

Part 2 Biology of Obesity

6 Energy Balance and Body Weight Homeostasis

7 Genes and Obesity

8 Fetal and Infant Origins of Obesity

9 Adipocyte Biology

10 Metabolic Fuels and Obesity

11 Eating Behavior

12 Energy Expenditure in Humans: The Influence of Activity,

Diet and the Sympathetic Nervous System

Part 3 Obesity and Disease

13 Obesity and Dyslipidemia: Importance of Body Fat Distribution

14 Obesity Insulin Resistance and Gut Hormones

15 Obesity as an Endocrine Disease

16 Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

17 Cardiovascular Consequences of Obesity

18 Adult Obesity: Fertility

19 Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Part 4 Management of Adult Obesity

20 An Overview of Obesity Management

21 Dietary Management of Obesity: Eating Plans

22 Behavioural Treatment of Obesity

23 Exercise, Physical Activity and Obesity

24 Drugs Used Clinically to Reduce Body Weight

25 The Management of Obesity: Surgery

26 Weight Loss Maintenance and Weight Cycling

27 Education and Training of Healthcare Professionals

Part 5 Childhood Obesity

28 Childhood Obesity: Definition, Classification and Assessment, 375

29 Childhood Obesity: Consequences and Complications

30 The Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Part 6 Environmental Policy Approaches

31 Obesity: Global Pandemic

32 Obesity and the Environment

33 Obesity: Using the Ecologic Public Health Approach to Overcome Policy Cacophony

34 A Comprehensive Approach to Obesity Prevention

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Author Information

Peter Kopelman
Director, Institute of Health, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Ian Caterson
Regional Vice-President, International Association for the Study of Obesity, Member, Scientific Council, International Obesity Task Force, Co-Director NSW Centre for Overweight & Obesity, NSW Centre for Public health Nutrition, Australia

William Dietz
Director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, Atlanta, USA

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"I would recommend this book for simple reference in practice or more involved research into obesity." (Primary Health Care, 1 October 2011)


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