Encyclopedia of Obesity, 1st Edition

  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412963869
  • ISBN-13: 9781412963862
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1040 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The Encyclopedia of Obesity is as much of a reference resource as it is a tool to raise awareness in the medical and public health communities. With almost 500 entries, these two volumes summarize pertinent topics in obesity and related health conditions, including molecular biology, psychology, medicine, public health and policy, food science, environmental health and pharmaceuticals. The editor has chosen topics that capture the current climate of obesity research while still addressing and defining the core concepts related to this condition. Based on a theme of "Moving Forward in an Ever Expanding World" articles address topics for a changing society that is slowly adapting to accommodate obesity, including recent lawsuits, new options for medical and dietary treatment, and the importance of prevention in children.

Key Themes

  • Biological or Genetic Contributors to Obesity
  • Children and Obesity
  • Dietary Interventions to Treat Obesity
  • Disordered Eating and Obesity
  • Environmental Contributors to Obesity
  • Health Implications of Obesity
  • Medical Treatments for Obesity
  • New Research Frontiers on Obesity
  • Obesity and Behavior
  • Obesity and Ethnicity/Race
  • Obesity as a Public Health Crisis
  • Psychological Influences/Outcomes on Obesity
  • Societal Influences/Outcomes on Obesity
  • Women and Obesity
  • Worldwide Prevalence of Obesity

The Encyclopedia of Obesity is intended to serve as a general and nontechnical resource for biology, sociology, health studies, and other social science students, teachers, scholars, researchers, and anyone in the general public who wishes to understand the development of obesity as it prevails in the United States and worldwide.


"This general guide will be of use in both public and academic libraries." --Lawrence Looks at Books, March 2008

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the General Editor.
Reader's Guide.
List of Articles.
List of Contributors.
Body Mass Index.
1: Accessibility of Foods.
2: Access to Nutritious Foods.
3: Acomplia.
4: Addictive Behaviors.
5: Adipocytes.
6: Adiponectin.
7: Adrenergic Receptors.
8: Advertising.
9: Africa, North.
10: Africa, Sub-Saharan.
11: African Americans.
12: Agouti and Agouti-Related Protein.
13: Alcohol.
14: American Academy of Pediatrics.
15: American College of Sports Medicine.
16: American Diabetes Association.
17: American Dietetic Association.
18: American Heart Association.
19: American Medical Association.
20: American Obesity Association.
21: American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
22: Amphetamines.
23: Animal Models of Obesity.
24: Animal QTLs (Quantitative Trait Locus).
25: Anorexia Nervosa.
26: Antidepressants.
27: Anxiety.
28: Appearance.
29: Appetite Control.
30: Appetite Signals.
31: Asia, Central.
32: Asia, East.
33: Asia, South.
34: Asia, Southeast.
35: Asian Americans.
36: Assessment of Obesity and Health Risks.
37: Asthma.
38: Atherosclerosis.
39: Atherosclerosis in Children.
40: Atkins Diet.
41: Australia and Pacific.
42: Autonomic Nervous System.
43: Axokine.
44: Back Pain.
45: Bardet-Biedl Syndrome.
46: Bariatric Surgery in Children.
47: Bariatric Surgery in Women.
48: Barker Hypothesis.
49: Behavioral Treatment of Childhood Obesity.
50: Beverage Choices in Children.
51: Binge Eating.
52: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis.
53: Blood Lipids.
54: Bod Pod and Pea Pod.
55: Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
56: Body Fat Distribution in African Americans.
57: Body Fat Distribution in Asian Americans.
58: Body Fat Distribution in Hispanic Americans.
59: Body Image.
60: Body Image Disorders.
61: Body Mass Index.
62: Bombesin.
63: Breast Cancer.
64: Breastfeeding.
65: Built Environments.
66: Bulimia Nervosa.
67: Caffeine.
68: Calcium and Dairy Products.
69: Caloric Restriction.
70: Cannabinoid System.
71: Carbohydrate "Addictions".
72: Carbohydrate and Protein Intake.
73: Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans.
74: Cardiovascular Disease in Asian Americans.
75: Cardiovascular Disease in Hispanic Americans.
76: CART Peptides.
77: Caucasians.
78: CD36 and FAT (Fatty Acid Transporters).
79: Center for Maternal and Child Health.
80: Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
81: Center for Science in the Public Interest.
82: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
83: Central America and Caribbean.
84: Central Nervous System.
85: Central Obesity.
86: Changing Children's Food Habits.
87: Childhood Obesity as a Risk Factor for Adult Overweight.
88: Childhood Obesity Treatment Centers in the United States.
89: Childhood Onset Eating Disorders.
90: Child Obesity Programs.
91: Children and Diets.
92: Children's Television Programming.
93: Cholecystokinin.
94: Chromium Picolinate.
95: CNS/Hypothalamic Energy Sensing.
96: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
97: Colon Cancer.
98: Combined Approaches to Treatment.
99: Community Programs to Prevent Obesity.
100: Compulsive Overeating.
101: Computerized Tomography.
102: Computers and the Media.
103: Conditioned Food Preferences.
104: Congestive Heart Failure.
105: Coronary Heart Disease in Women.
106: Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone.
107: Cortisol.
108: Cost of Medical Obesity Treatments.
109: Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.
110: C-Reactive Protein.
111: Cushing Syndrome.
112: Cytokines.
113: Db/Db Mouse.
114: Department of Agriculture.
115: Department of Health and Human Services.
116: Depression.
117: DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry).
118: Dexatrim.
119: Dietary Restraint.
120: Dieting: Good or Bad?.
121: Diet Myths.
122: Dilution Techniques.
123: Disinhibited Eating.
124: Disordered Eating.
125: Dominican Americans.
126: Dopamine.
127: Doubly Labeled Water.
128: Down's Syndrome.
129: Drugs and Food.
130: Drugs that Block Fat Cell Formation.
131: Drug Targets that Decrease Food Intake/Appetite.
132: DSM-IV.
133: Early Onset Menarche and Obesity in Women.
134: Eating Disorders and Athletes.
135: Eating Disorders and Gender.
136: Eating Disorders and Obesity.
137: Eating Disorders in Schoolchildren.
138: Eating Out in the United States.
139: Economic Disparities among Obesity in Women.
140: Economics of Food.
141: Economics of Obesity.
142: EDNOS.
143: Elevated Cholesterol.
144: Endometrial and Uterine Cancers.
145: Energy Density.
146: Energy Expenditure Technologies.
147: Ephedra.
148: Epistatic Effects of Genes on Obesity.
149: Estrogen Levels.
150: Estrogen-Related Receptor.
151: Ethnic Disparities in Obesity among Women.
152: Ethnic Disparities in the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity.
153: Ethnic Variations in Body Fat Storage.
154: Ethnic Variations in Obesity-Related Health Risks.
155: Europe, Eastern.
156: Europe, Western.
157: Exercise.
158: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
159: External Controls.
Familial Lipodystrophies.
Families of Eating Disorder Patients.
Family Behavioral Interventions.
160: Family Therapy in the Treatment of Overweight Children.
161: Fast Food.
162: Fat Acceptance.
163: Fat Intake.
164: Fat Taste.
165: Fatty Acid Transport Proteins.
166: Fatty Liver.
167: Federal Initiatives to Prevent Obesity.
168: Feminist Perspective and Body Image Disorders.
169: Fenfluramine.
170: Fertility.
171: Fiber and Obesity.
172: Fitness.
173: Flavor: Taste and Smell.
174: Flavor-Nutrient Learning.
175: Flavor Programming and Childhood Food Preferences.
176: Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects.
177: Food "Addictions".
178: Food and Drug Administration.
179: Food Guide Pyramid.
180: Food Insecurity and Obesity.
181: Food Intake Assessments in Children.
182: Food Intake Patterns.
183: Food Labeling.
184: Food Marketing to Children.
185: Food Preferences.
186: Food Reward.