Nutrition and Obesity: Assessment, Management and Prevention is a necessary, timely, and comprehensive text that provides an up-to-date, scientifically accurate study of our current understanding of the causes, consequences, and potential of individual and public responses to the serious health issue of obesity. It presents major concepts about obesity including new knowledge gained from recent advances in research on health risks, energy balance, eating behaviors, the biology of hunger and satiety, and pharmacotherapy and surgery as treatments for obesity. Additionally, the text sets obesity in a public health context that includes local, national, and international environmental policy approaches to assessment and prevention.
Features & Benefits
- Discusses on-the job weight management strategies, an important setting for intervention since most Americans spend more than half of their waking hours at work.
- Describes how the most recent USDA physical activity guidelines are used to achieve energy balance and weight management
- Considers claims and controversies surrounding weight loss products, procedures, and programs
- Includes chapters on epidemiology, assessment, causes, and risks associated with overweight and obesity
- Addresses strategies and research about methods and importance of individual behavior change as well as environmental and social change.
- Reader Objectives allow student to anticipate and focus on important points in the chapters
- Critical Thinking Questions encourage students to think about and apply about new approaches to obesity
- Resources section shows students and healthcare professionals where to get more (free) information and educational materials
Table of Contents
Section 1 Epidemiology, Assessment, Causes, and Risks Associated With Presence
of Overweight and Obesity
Chapter 1 Current Obesity Trends
Chapter 2 Assessment of Body Weight and Body Composition
Chapter 3 Causes of Obesity
Chapter 4 Health and economic consequences of obesity
Section 2 Strategies and research for weight management and obesity prevention
Chapter 5 Dietary Interventions for Obesity Prevention and Management
Chapter 6 Physical Activity
Chapter 7 Pharmacologic agents in obesity management
Chapter 8 Surgical options for obesity
Chapter 9 Behavioral aspects of weight management
Chapter 10 Where does responsibility lie?
Chapter 11 New insights and future directions in obesity research
About the Authors
Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RD-Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science, Bastyr University
Alexandra Kazaks has a PhD in nutritional biology from University of California, Davis. Dr. Kazaks has been a respected consultant for national health organizations and has frequently appeared as a featured speaker lecturing about diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight management. In addition to numerous research articles, she is the co-author of Obesity: A Reference Handbook (2009). Dr. Kazaks is currently a professor at Bastyr University.
Judith S. Stern, RD, ScD-University of California - Davis, Davis, California