Obesity, 2nd Edition

  • Evelyn B. Kelly
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  • ISBN-10: 1440858829
  • ISBN-13: 9781440858826
  • DDC: 616.3
  • 272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Obesity is defined as the state of having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Although it may be easy to identify what obesity is, however, identifying its causes and effects can be more challenging. Genetic, hormonal, environmental, and behavioral factors all play a role in defining our weight, and the consequences of obesity go far beyond medical complications, to include impacts on psychological well-being and social health, and how we think about and address this growing epidemic has become just as controversial as it is important. This second edition offers a wealth of new information and features. Coverage of genetic and hormonal causes of obesity has been greatly expanded, as has discussion of medications and surgical techniques to manage obesity. The book reflects our expanded scientific understanding of obesity and delves into medical and societal debates about weight that have emerged in recent years. Also new in this edition is a collection of case studies, each of which helps to make the topics discussed in the book more accessible to readers.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Health and Medical Issues Today.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Overview and Background Information.
1: Obesity: A Perfect and Costly Epidemic.
2: Obesity Battles throughout the Ages.
3: What Is Fat?.
4: How Is Body Fat Made and Stored?.
5: The Psychological and Social Aspects of Obesity.
6: Introduction to Genetics.
7: Genetic Disorders That Can Lead to Obesity.
8: Obesity and Health Problems.
9: Obesity, Exercise, and Energy.
Issues and Controversies.
10: Is Obesity a Disease?.
11: Are We Creating Generations of Couch Potatoes?.
12: The Great Diet Debate.
13: Can Behavioral Strategies Result in Weight Loss?.
14: Should Surgery Be Used as a Weight-Control Method?.
15: What Should Be the Government’s Role in the Obesity Crisis?.
16: Weight-Loss Medications: Is There a Miracle Pill?.
17: How to Avoid Food Scams and Fad Diets.
18: Alternative and Complementary Obesity Therapies.
19: Can People Be Healthy at Any Size?.
20: Can There Be a Fat-Free Future?.
21: Scenarios: Case Illustrations.
Sources for Further Information.
About the Author.