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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher Snyder, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is written for those who interested in the treatment and prevention of obesity in the pediatric population. It contains a wide range of topics ranging from "right friends" to the psychology of obesity.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview, recommendations for identification and treatment, and strategies for prevention of obesity. This book is well worth reading for those involved in any form of pediatric care.
Audience: This manual was written for any healthcare provider involved in the assessment and/or treatment of pediatric obesity. The book meets this goal.
Features: All aspects of pediatric weight management/maintenance from prevention to psychological interventions are covered. The book is well written and easy to read. The graphics, although simple, are quite easy to reference. The only shortcoming is the failure to recommend psychological counseling and to stress that this is the most important aspect for weight loss/maintenance in these patients.
Assessment: This book provides an excellent source of ideas/treatment options for those involved in treating these patients. If further editions are planned, I would recommend having a psychologist author the intervention sections.