eBook Obesity: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Judith S. Stern
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  • ISBN-10: 1598841963
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841961
  • DDC: 616.3
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 323 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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About

Overview

Obesity is perhaps the most pervasive and overlooked medical threat in the country. Approximately 66 percent of American adults are overweight -- about half of these defined clinically as obese. And the statistics for children are equally sobering. Nearly one in four white children, and one in three African American and Hispanic children, are estimated to be overweight.

What makes obesity a disease instead of just a matter of overeating? What are the genetic and environmental factors behind it? What new breakthroughs are being developing to combat it? This concise, information-rich volume looks at these and other important questions, clearing away misconceptions about this devastating condition.

Obesity explains what scientists now know about the causes and consequences of being overweight, including the latest on the links between obesity and heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, asthma, and sleep difficulties. The book pays specific attention to the problem among obese young people, who more and more are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses that used to only be seen in adults. It also reports on promising efforts to battle obesity, from medical treatments to community awareness programs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected Titles in ABC-Clio's Contemporary World Issues.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
List of Tables.
List of Figures.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: S. Daniel Abraham (1924–).
7: David Allison (1963–).
8: Arne Astrup (1955–).
9: Robert C. Atkins (1930–2003).
10: Richard L. Atkinson (1942–).
11: George Blackburn (1936–).
12: Steven N. Blair (1939–).
13: Claude Bouchard (1939–).
14: George A. Bray (1931–).
15: Jane E. Brody (no dates available).
16: Kelly Brownell (1951–).
17: Henry Buckwald (1932–).
18: Paul F. Campos (no date available).
19: William J. Clinton (1946–).
20: Jenny Craig (1932–).
21: William H. Dietz (no dates available).
22: Adam Drewnowski (1948–).
23: Johanna Dwyer (1938–).
24: Katherine M. Flegal (1944–).
25: Jared Fogle (1977–).
26: Jeffrey M. Friedman (1954–).
27: M. R. C. Greenwood (1943–).
28: Barbara Hansen (1941–).
29: Marion M. Hetherington (1961–).
30: James O. Hill (1951–).
31: Hippocrates (460 BCE–370 BCE).
32: Jules Hirsch (1927–).
33: W. P. T. James (1938–).
34: Robin B. Kanarek (1946–).
35: Janet C. King (1941–).
36: Ahmed Kissebah (1937–).
37: C. Everett Koop (1916–).
38: John Kral (1939–).
39: Ray Kroc (1902–1984).
40: Shiriki Kumanyika (1945–).
41: Jack LaLanne (1914–).
42: Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794).
43: Maimonides (1135–1204).
44: Jean Mayer (1920–1993).
45: Barbara J. Moore (1947–).
46: Jean Nidetch (1923–).
47: Dean Ornish (1953–).
48: Xavier Pi-Sunyer (1933–).
49: Nathan Pritikin (1915–1985).
50: Barbara J. Rolls (no date available).
51: Wim H. M. Saris (1949–).
52: Ethan Allen Sims (1916–).
53: Sachiko St. Jeor (1941–).
54: Judith S. Stern (1943–).
55: Albert J. Stunkard (1922–).
56: Oprah Winfrey (1954–).
57: Rena Wing (1945–).
References.
58: Data and Documents.
59: Data.
60: Documents.
References.
61: Directory of Agencies, Programs, and Organizations.
62: Government Agencies and National Programs and Initiatives.
63: International Agencies and Organizations.
64: Nonprofit, Professional, and Trade Organizations.
References.
65: Selected Print and Nonprint Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Authors.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected Titles in ABC-Clio's Contemporary World Issues.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
List of Tables.
List of Figures.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: S. Daniel Abraham (1924–).
7: David Allison (1963–).
8: Arne Astrup (1955–).
9: Robert C. Atkins (1930–2003).
10: Richard L. Atkinson (1942–).
11: George Blackburn (1936–).
12: Steven N. Blair (1939–).
13: Claude Bouchard (1939–).
14: George A. Bray (1931–).
15: Jane E. Brody (no dates available).
16: Kelly Brownell (1951–).
17: Henry Buckwald (1932–).
18: Paul F. Campos (no date available).
19: William J. Clinton (1946–).
20: Jenny Craig (1932–).
21: William H. Dietz (no dates available).
22: Adam Drewnowski (1948–).
23: Johanna Dwyer (1938–).
24: Katherine M. Flegal (1944–).
25: Jared Fogle (1977–).
26: Jeffrey M. Friedman (1954–).
27: M. R. C. Greenwood (1943–).
28: Barbara Hansen (1941–).
29: Marion M. Hetherington (1961–).
30: James O. Hill (1951–).
31: Hippocrates (460 BCE–370 BCE).
32: Jules Hirsch (1927–).
33: W. P. T. James (1938–).
34: Robin B. Kanarek (1946–).
35: Janet C. King (1941–).
36: Ahmed Kissebah (1937–).
37: C. Everett Koop (1916–).
38: John Kral (1939–).
39: Ray Kroc (1902–1984).
40: Shiriki Kumanyika (1945–).
41: Jack LaLanne (1914–).
42: Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794).
43: Maimonides (1135–1204).
44: Jean Mayer (1920–1993).
45: Barbara J. Moore (1947–).
46: Jean Nidetch (1923–).
47: Dean Ornish (1953–).
48: Xavier Pi-Sunyer (1933–).
49: Nathan Pritikin (1915–1985).
50: Barbara J. Rolls (no date available).
51: Wim H. M. Saris (1949–).
52: Ethan Allen Sims (1916–).
53: Sachiko St. Jeor (1941–).
54: Judith S. Stern (1943–).
55: Albert J. Stunkard (1922–).
56: Oprah Winfrey (1954–).
57: Rena Wing (1945–).
References.
58: Data and Documents.
59: Data.
60: Documents.
References.
61: Directory of Agencies, Programs, and Organizations.
62: Government Agencies and National Programs and Initiatives.
63: International Agencies and Organizations.
64: Nonprofit, Professional, and Trade Organizations.
References.
65: Selected Print and Nonprint Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Authors.