Management of Childhood Obesity

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Overview

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems facing the developed world. It is damaging to the medical and psychological well-being of the child and casts a shadow on their future health, leading to serious illness and ultimately premature death. Management of Childhood Obesity provides practical, realistic and easily implemented advice on sensitive approaches to children and their families in a very accessible form for all practitioners involved in the care of overweight children. Changes to diet and activity are reviewed in detail but also with the whole spectrum of eating within the family and community, including sedentariness and the significance of sleep in preventing overweight.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521609777
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Poskitt has over forty years' experience practising and teaching paediatric nutrition. She has managed clinics for obese children and co-founded the European Childhood Obesity Group. She was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Laurel Edmunds has been working with obese children and their families for the past sixteen years. She was one of five specialist Advisors to the House of Commons Health Committee's enquiry into obesity and was a Co-opted Expert for the NICE guidelines. She is currently working as an independent researcher.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David W. Haslam; Preface; Acknowledgements; Glossary; 1. Introduction; 2. How fat is fat? Measuring and defining overweight and obesity; 3. Where should overweight/obese children be managed?; 4. How do we approach the overweight/obese child and family?; 5. The clinical assessment: what are the special points?; 6. What complications should we look for now and later?; 7. How does psychology influence management?; 8. Management: what do we mean by lifestyle changes?; 9. How can we reduce energy intakes?; 10. How can we increase energy expenditures?; 11. What else can be done?; 12. How can we sustain healthy weight management?; 13. What can we do to prevent childhood overweight and obesity?; References; Index.

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