Handbook of Obesity -- Volume 1: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, Third Edition, Volume 1, Edition 3

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In recent years, we've developed a much better grasp of the biological and other factors associated with the development of obesity. Reflecting our evolving understanding of causes and consequences, Handbook of Obesity: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology provides comprehensive coverage of the biological, behavioral, and environmental deter
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George A. Bray, MD, MACP, MACE, is a former executive director and current Boyd Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is also a professor of medicine at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, an adjunct professor of physiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and an adjunct professor of food science in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. His research focuses on physiological mechanisms for obesity and the evaluation of treatment for obesity and diabetes.

Claude Bouchard, PhD, is a former executive director and current John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His research focuses on the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities, as well as on the genetics of adaptation to regular exercise in terms of cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors.

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CRC Press
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Published on
Feb 10, 2014
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Pages
736
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ISBN
9781842145579
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English
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Genres
Medical / Cardiology
Medical / Endocrinology & Metabolism
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Several major developments have occurred since the last edition of Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications, including new clinical trials, discoveries related to drug use, and greater understanding of the benefits of weight loss in obese patients. Now in its fourth edition, this volume continues to offer unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage concerning this global and chronic disease that affects and exacerbates associated conditions including diabetes and heart disease. The book is divided into five sections exploring essential factors involved in obesity prevention and treatment:

Prevention of Obesity: Strategies such as reengineering the environment to encourage physical activity and prevent excessive weight gain in children and adults

Evaluation of the Overweight or Obese Patient: Methods for assessing the overweight individual and the role of the primary care physician in patient management

Medical Treatment of Obesity and Weight Management Issues in the Treatment of Obesity: Lifestyle for weight loss and weight maintenance, diet and exercise, medications, herbal agents, and issues related to childhood obesity

Surgery: Screening for bariatric surgery, laparoscopic banding, liposuction, and other surgical techniques and strategies for operative and postoperative care

Epilogue: The economic assessment and cost-effectiveness of treatments for obesity, how obesity is viewed internationally, and governmental responses to challenges arising from the growing prevalence of obesity

Presenting the insight of international experts and edited by two eminent leaders in obesity research, the book is essential for health care providers in search of a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to treating obese patients.

In the historical record there is abundant evidence that obesity was a medical and health concern as long as medicine has been practiced. The idea of diet and exercise are bulwarks in the fight against obesity in history from the time of Hippocrates to the 16th century—a span of 2,000 years. However, our scientific understanding of this problem is only a little over 200 years old. An examination of the root cause of what many consider the obesity epidemic, A Guide to Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome traces the origins and types of obesity and its treatment.

Examining in detail the developing treatment for obesity, this book provides:

A history of obesity, including treatment, proposed causes, and perceptions An examination of the causes and problems associated with obesity A discussion of lifestyle, diet, exercise, and treatment strategies A detailed look at the medications and surgeries available for obesity


The fact that we have an epidemic of obesity today that is covering the globe suggests that the strategically simple ideas of eating less and exercising more, ideas that require commitment and personal involvement by the individual, have not been very successful. As we move forward in trying to understand this problem, we need to be alert to strategies and tactics that may not require individual motivation and commitment—history has shown that they do not work well. This book supplies guidance on developing and designing novel strategic interventions against obesity and metabolic disorders.

Thirty years ago, I published my first monograph on obesity (Bray, 1976). Many things have changed in these 30 years, but many have remained the same. Preparation of The Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity has given me a chance to survey the changes to the field and to present an update of the scientific information. In retrospect, I conclude that a major component of the current “epidemic” of overweight is not medical, not genetic, not psychological, and will not be effectively treated by “lifestyle” changes that require individual choices. We are all influenced by the prices of the goods we buy. With the reduction in food prices and distortion of commercially profitable products resulting from federal subsidies of corn, sugar, and rice, the food industry has been able to produce cheap, good-tasting, energy-dense foods and can sell them cheaply in large portion sizes. In contrast, foods like fruits and vegetables receive little in the way of subsidies, and are thus more expensive; thus we buy less. Providing more “healthy” food alternatives, as some advocate, will put items with “higher costs” on the shelves and is, in my view, unlikely to alter consumer choices as long as good-tasting, energy-dense foods remain cheap. HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR OBESITY Obesity was already a problem before my first monograph was published. Between the writing of that monograph and The Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, I was fortunate enough to find a short book in French, written by an American from Cincinnati named Worthington.
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