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This unique handbook presents and integrates virtually all that is currently known about eating disorders and obesity in one authoritative, accessible, and eminently practical volume. From leading international authorities, 101 concise chapters clearly synthesize the latest information on all pertinent topics, from biological issues and social variables associated with risk, to research findings and clinical methods for measurement and treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brownell and Fairburn have assembled an international cast of experts to provide the definitive reference source on weight and eating disorders. This well-organized and carefully edited book is unmatched in providing the most current, most comprehensive, and most authoritative coverage of the field. The editors are to be commended for integrating existing knowledge on both weight and eating disorders in a single source. The book is an indispensable resource for busy practitioners, and a blessing for anyone teaching a course in the general area." --G. Terence Wilson, PhD, Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University

"This volume is a treasure trove of information about eating disorders and obesity. It describes a very large part of what we know about these disorders in an accessible and user-friendly manner." --Albert J. Stunkard, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"This volume presents a remarkable array of up-to-date information combining the latest scientific knowledge with humanistic concern....[It] contains the most current information on all aspects of eating disorders and obesity so that professionals with clinical or research questions in this area will have the critical information at hand in one volume. Students will find this invaluable. This volume is welcome and has been long overdue....It sets a very high standard, one which we hope will be maintained in future editions of this important volume." --From the foreword by Paul E. Garfinkel, MD, FRCP(C), Director and Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

"On occasion, a book is published that is so unique in its contribution and so completely fulfills its lofty goals that it is bound to become a classic the moment the first copy rolls off the press. This volume edited by Brownell and Fairburn is one of those classics....Both editors have demonstrated throughout their careers a broad-based perspective that is clearly evident in this collaborative effort....The volume stands out for...its integration of eating disorders and obesity across disciplines, its comprehensiveness, and its synoptic style....One cannot overlook the reasonable price of the is a true bargain that is rare among today's highly inflated book prices. Eating Disorders and Obesity succeeds as a valuable and unique scholarly contribution. I recommend it highly for the reference library of anyone interested in obesity, eating disorders, or behavioral medicine." --J. Scott Mizes for Contemporary Psychology

Compiles just about all that is known about both obesity and eating disorders not only to cement the growing convergence between the two fields but also to make the insights of each available to workers in the other. Contributors from around the world and a wide range of disciplines provide overviews of such aspects as dieting and body image, history, clinical characteristics, classification, epidemiology, etiology, physiological and medical aspects, assessment, and treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
From The Critics
Reviewer: Thomas R. Scales, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive and authoritative collection of knowledge of all areas relevant to the dual fields of eating disorders and obesity. The second edition is not merely a recapitulation of the first edition published in 1995, but has all newly written chapters covering previous topics with an impressive expansion of chapters on regulation of body weight and eating.
Purpose: The purpose is to strengthen the connections between the eating disorders and obesity fields and to provide a comprehensive account of knowledge in the two areas. Communication between these two fields is a particularly important goal now in these days when obesity is an epidemic in the western world. By extensive cross-referencing in the different parts of this book and particular attention to topics relevant to both fields, the book's goals are largely achieved.
Audience: The book is written for an audience of practitioners and researchers in the fields of eating disorders and obesity. The multiple authors have all published extensively in their respective areas.
Features: This book is organized into three broad parts, the foundation, eating disorders, and obesity. When reading the basic regulation of eating and body weight and dieting in the foundation part, one can't help but realize the theoretical relevance regardless of one's specialty interest. The chapters are short but comprehensive and introduce the reader to the most salient features of each topic. There are appropriate tables and graphs which aid in comprehension of the material. The lack of in-text references could be construed as a shortcoming in this book, but may actually better represent a true overview.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful tool in the eating disorder and obesity fields and provides a fruitful marriage between these two fields which previous books have failed to achieve.
Academy for Eating Disorders Newsletter

"The breadth of topics covered in this volume guarantees that it will be the book to be consulted when a question on any issue in eating disorders or obesity is raised by a student, a client, or another professional."--Academy for Eating Disorders Newsletter
Cognitive Therapy Today

"Excellent....Serves as an encyclopedia of current knowledge on everything having to do with eating disorders and obesity."--Cognitive Therapy Today

"This book should be required reading for all medical students....It is also a wonderful quick reference book for anyone treating patients with eating disorders because the chapters are well written, short, and to the point."--Psychosomatics
International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

"Breadth of coverage is what makes this [book] special, together with a genuine interest in bringing together two clinical fields that remain apart, occasionally in conflict. This is a book that will make many journeys from my bookshelf to desk. And I recommend it to anyone with an interest in obesity or eating disorders, student or professor, who is curious to find out about what lies beyond their own specialty."--International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572303805
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 583

Meet the Author

Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Yale University, where he also serves as Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and as Co-Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. An internationally known expert on eating disorders, obesity, and body weight regulation, he has served as president of several national organizations and has received numerous awards and honors for his work. His recent publications include [ital]Behavioral Medicine and Women[ital] (coedited with Elaine A. Blechman).

Christopher G. Fairburn, D.M., F.R.C.Psych., is Wellcome Trust Senior Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Reader in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. A well-known international authority on eating disorders with research programs in Britain and the United States, he is coeditor (with G. Terence Wilson) of Binge Eating and author of Overcoming Binge Eating.

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Table of Contents

A Note for Readers
About the Editors
1 Central Physiological Determinants of Eating Behavior and Body Weight 5
2 Peripheral Physiological Determinants of Eating and Body Weight 11
3 Genetic Influences on Body Weight 16
4 Constitutional Thinness and Resistance to Obesity 22
5 The Molecular Genetics of Body Weight Regulation 26
6 Leptin and Body Weight Regulation 32
7 Energy Intake and Body Weight 37
8 A Psychobiological System Approach to Appetite and Weight Control 43
9 Taste, Taste Preferences, and Body Weight 50
10 Energy Expenditure and Body Weight 55
11 Body Composition 62
12 The Nature of the Regulation of Energy Balance 67
13 Acquisition of Food Preferences and Eating Patterns in Children 75
14 Prevalence and Demographics of Dieting 80
15 Experimental Studies of Dieting 84
16 Dietary Restraint and Overeating 88
17 The Controversy over Dieting 93
18 The Psychology of Binge Eating 98
19 Sociocultural Influences on Body Image and Eating Disturbance 103
20 Stigma, Discrimination, and Obesity 108
21 Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder 113
22 Measurement of Total Energy Stores 121
23 Measurement of Food Intake 126
24 Measurement of Energy Expenditure 131
25 Measurement of Physical Activity 136
26 Measurement of Eating Disorder Psychopathology 141
27 History of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 151
28 Classification and Diagnosis of Eating Disorders 155
29 Clinical Presentation of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 162
30 Atypical Eating Disorders (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) 171
31 Binge Eating Disorder 178
32 Night Eating Syndrome 183
33 Eating Disorders in Males 188
34 Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders 193
35 Eating Disorders and Addictive Disorders 199
36 Personality and Eating Disorders 204
37 Childhood-Onset Eating Disorders 210
38 Families of Patients with Eating Disorders 215
39 Eating Disorders and Childrearing 221
40 Course and Outcome of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 226
41 Distribution of Eating Disorders 233
42 Genetic Epidemiology of Eating Disorders 238
43 Molecular Genetics of Eating Disorders 243
44 Risk Factors for Eating Disorders 247
45 Gender, Ethnicity, and Eating Disorders 251
46 Sport, Occupation, and Eating Disorders 256
47 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Eating Disorders 260
48 Physiology of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 293
49 Central Nervous System Neurotransmitter Activity in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 272
50 Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 278
51 Eating Disorders in Diabetes Mellitus 286
52 Eating Disorder Services 293
53 Clinical Assessment of Patients with Eating Disorders 298
54 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa 302
55 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa 308
56 Family Therapy and Eating Disorders 314
57 Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders 320
58 Pharmacological Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 325
59 Day Hospital Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 330
60 Inpatient Treatment and Medical Management of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 335
61 Compulsory Treatment in the Management of Eating Disorders 340
62 Management of Patients with Intractable Eating Disorders 345
63 Psychological Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder 350
64 Pharmacological Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder 354
65 Self-Help Books in the Treatment of Eating Disorders 358
66 Eating Disorders and the Internet 362
67 Prevention of Eating Disorders 367
68 Definition and Classification of Obesity 377
69 A Brief History of Obesity 382
70 Obesity and Quality of Life 388
71 Psychological Consequences of Obesity 393
72 Obesity and Body Image 399
73 Binge Eating in Obese Persons 403
74 A World View of the Obesity Problem 411
75 Prevalence and Demographics of Obesity 417
76 Epidemiology of Health Risks Associated with Obesity 422
77 Epidemiology and Causes of Obesity in Children 429
78 The Environment and Obesity 433
79 Obesity in Minority Populations 439
80 Pregnancy and Weight Gain 445
81 Age and Obesity 449
82 The Health Economics of Obesity and Weight Loss 453
83 An Overview of the Etiology of Obesity 460
84 Medical Complications of Obesity in Adults 467
85 Medical Consequences of Obesity in Children and Adolescents 473
86 The Metabolic Syndrome 477
87 Weight Loss and Risk Factors 484
88 Effects of Weight Loss on Morbidity and Mortality 490
89 Metabolic Effects of Exercise in Overweight Individuals 495
90 Social and Psychological Effects of Weight Loss 500
91 Goals of Obesity Treatment 507
92 Clinical Assessment of Obese Patients 512
93 Exercise in the Management of Obesity 518
94 Behavioral Treatment for Obesity 524
95 Meal Replacements in the Treatment of Obesity 529
96 Very-Low-Calorie Diets 534
97 Popular Diets 539
98 Commercial and Self-Help Weight Loss Programs 546
99 Current Pharmacological Treatments for Obesity 551
100 Pharmacological Treatments on the Horizon 557
101 Surgery for Obesity: Procedures and Weight Loss 562
102 Surgery for Obesity: Psychosocial and Medical Outcomes 568
103 Management of Obesity in Children 573
104 Treatment of Obesity in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes 578
105 Weight Loss Programs for Minority Populations 583
106 Characteristics of Successful Weight Maintainers 588
107 Improving Maintenance in Behavioral Treatment 593
108 The Management of Body Image Problems 599
109 Nondieting Approaches 604
110 Obesity and the Internet 609
111 Public Health Approaches to the Management of Obesity 613
112 Public Policy and the Prevention of Obesity 619
Index 625
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