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Child and Adolescent Obesity


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This book addresses the ever increasing problem of obesity in children and adolescents, the long-term health and social problems that arise from this, and approaches to prevention and management. Aimed at doctors, and all health-care professionals, it will be of interest to all those concerned with the increasing prevalence of obesity in both the developed and developing world. It covers all aspects of obesity from epidemiology and prevention to recent developments in biochemistry and genetics, and to the varied approaches to management which are influenced by social and clinical need. A foreword by William Dietz and a forward-looking 'future perspectives' conclusion by Philip James embrace an international team of authors, all with first-hand experience of the issues posed by obesity in the young. This comprehensive survey of an important and growing medical problem will help inform, influence and educate those charged with tackling this crisis.

• Childhood obesity is rapidly advancing as a major global health problem • This is the first authoritative and comprehensive test to look at causes, consequences, prevention and management • International in its perspective and authorship


List of contributors; Foreword William H. Dietz; Preface; Part I. Causes: 1. Measurement and definition Tim J. Cole and Marie Françoise Rolland-Cachera; 2. Epidemiology Michèle Guillaume and Inge Lissau; 3. Molecular and biological factors with emphasis on adipose tissue development Martin Wabitsch; 4. Nutrition Marie Françoise Rolland-Cachera and France Bellisle; 5. Physical activity Yves Schutz and Claudio Maffeis; 6. Psychosocial factors Andrew J. Hill and Inge Lissau; Part II. Consequences: 7. Clinical features, adverse effects and outcome Karl F. M. Zwiauer, Margherita Caroli, Ewa Malecka-Tendera and Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt; 8. The obese adolescent Marie-Laure Frelut and Carl-Erik Flodmark; 9. Prader-Willi and other syndromes Giuseppe Chiumello and Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt; 10. Hormonal and metabolic changes Ewa Malecka-Tendera and Dénes Molnár; 11. Risk of cardiovascular complications David S. Freedman, Sathanur R. Srinivasan and Gerald S. Berenson; Part III. Prevention and Management: 12. Prevention Inge Lissau, Walter Burniat, Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt and Tim J. Cole; 13. Home-based management Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt; 14. Dietary management Margherita Caroli and Walter Burniat; 15. Management through activity Jana Parizkova, Claudio Maffeis and Elizabeth M. E. Poskitt; 16. Psychotherapy Carl-Erik Flodmark and Inge Lissau; 17. Drug therapy Dénes Molnár and Ewa Malecka-Tendera; 18. Surgical treatment Alessandro Salvatoni; 19. Interdisciplinary outpatient management Beatrice Bauer and Claudio Maffeis; 20. Interdiscplinary residential management Marie-Laure Frelut; 21. The future W. Philip T. James; Index.


'The epidemic of obesity is not yet viewed with the urgency it demands …The questions and challenges that the epidemic provokes provide us with an exciting and unique opportunity to shape a new field.' William H. Dietz, from the Foreword

'The authors have tried to focus not only on what to do to prevent obesity, but also on how and by whom (family, school, health professionals, government and industry). Those working with obese children will find the chapters on home-based care and management through activity especially practical.' Public Health Nutrition

'Child and Adolescent Obesity is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to childhood obesity, including its causes and consequences in terms of health and social problems, and possible methods of prevention and management. The information throughout the book is practical and realistic whilst still outlining the complexities involved. This book will be a useful, up-to-date tool for all those dealing with childhood obesity, particularly doctors, nurses, dietitians and other health professionals.' Nutrition Bulletin

'… this book is a useful compendium of the wide range of issues and disciplines related to pediatric obesity, presented from a European perspective. The book offers something for everyone.' American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

'… the book is a stepping stone for the reader to begin understanding and more effectively managing obesity. I highly recommend it …'. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

'… includes a wealth of information on childhood and adolescent obesity written by scholars from around the world … The book is well organized and a pleasure to read … ideal for researchers and health professionals as well as for use in human biology courses on childhood and adolescent obesity.' Annals of Human Biology


William H. Dietz, Walter Burniat, Tim Cole, Inge Lissau, Elizabeth Poskitt, Marie Françoise Rolland-Cachera, Michèle Guillaume, Martin Wabitsch, France Bellisle, Yves Schutz, Claudio Maffeis, Andrew J. Hill, Karl F. M. Zwiauer, Margherita Caroli, Jana Parizkova, Eva Malecka-Tendera, Marie-Laure Frelut, Carl-Erik Flodmark, Giuseppe Chiumello, Dénes Molnàr, David S. Freedman, Sathanur R. Srinivasan, Gerald S. Berenson, Alessandro Salvatoni, Beatrice Bauer, W. Philip T. James

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