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Treating and Preventing Obesity: An Evidence Based Review

Treating and Preventing Obesity: An Evidence Based Review

Jan Östman (Editor) , Mona Britton (Editor) , Egon Jonsson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-60593-4

Mar 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

372 pages

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Obesity now represents a serious problem in industrialized nations. An increasingly large number of people, especially children, are overweight - leading to subsequent illness and a reduced life expectancy.

At long last, with this first evidence-based review of the current intervention strategies for treating and preventing obesity clinicians and health insurers have a guide that allows them to select the most efficient and cost-effective method of treatment for any given state of the illness. The whole is backed by extensive tables, a checklist for quality assurance and an extensive glossary.

With a foreword by George A. Bray, Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University and Chief of the Clinical Obesity section:
""Treating and Preventing Obesity - An Evidence Based Review" provides a careful and thoughtful assessment of this disease and the options for its control and treatment. It started with the medical model where cure is the outcome. This valuable report provides a timely new analysis of a growing problem."


List of Contributors.

Treating and Preventing Obesity: A Systematic Review of Evidence.

1. Background.

2. Systematic Literature Review—Methods.

3. Preventing Obesity.

4. Treating Obesity in Adults.

5. Treating Obesity in Children and Adolescents.

6. Quality of Life.

7. Effects of Obesity Treatment on Diseases and Special Conditions.

8. Economic Evaluation of Treatment Methods.

9. Ethical Aspects.

Glossary and Definitions.


"This book can serve as a starting point for clinicians planning better clinical trials on obesity. They illustrate very well the many areas that need more research." (Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol.97, No.3, March 2005)

" evidence based review of the current intervention strategies..." (CAB Abstracts, 2004)

"This is a good overview of obesity. Among its strengths is its breadth of coverage..." (Doody's Electronic Journal)

"...recommended for libraries serving doctors, nutritionists and medical students as a comprehensive look at the worldwide problems of obesity industrialized nations." (E-STREAMS, October 2004)

"…a useful introductory text in the field of obesity." (American Journal of Therapeutics, July/August 2004)

"...undoubtedly useful?suitable for any professional who is attempting to work in the field..." (Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietics)

"One of the books great strengths is that is has been written with a very broad remit of assessing all that is relevant to obesity, and as such it has been bold enough to examine the evidence for a wide range of non-medical prevention and treatment strategies.... The text provides a wealth of information for the clinican to evaluate his/her own weight management approach with patients. ... a...definitive evidence based text which should serve as a reliable reference text for many years." (European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology)