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From the Publisher
"Obesity discusses all the key issues in the field. Is obesity genetic? Can it be considered a disease? Do
diets work? What about bariatric surgery? The book offers analysis of research and advertisements, and biographies of key figures in the field, scientific and popular. It also provides resources to learn more."
The Sacramento Bee
"In this reference, Stern and Kazaks, nutrition researchers at the U. of California, Davis, present information on the topic of obesity, including why people gain weight, why they succeed or fail in losing it, and who they believe is responsible. They cover its history, treatments, the controversy over whether it is a disease, healthy weight management, medications, herbs and supplements, surgery, the influence of food advertising, childhood obesity, and recent increases in obesity, and provide short biographies of key individuals, excerpts from documents, and an annotated list of resources and organizations."
SciTech Book News
"Obesity provides general and basic information that is useful to students and anyone interested in learning more about this disease."
"Stern and Kazaks (both affiliated with Univ. of California, Davis) have written extensively on nutrition and weight. Here they lend their expertise to ABC-CLIO's "Contemporary World Issues" series, in a volume they hope will be utilized as the reference book regarding obesity in the United States. There's no question obesity is a big American problem in need of understanding, so the book certainly works as the starting point for interested general audiences. …BOTTOM LINE The arrangement of information into thematic sections rather than alphabetically, as is the case with Facts On Files' Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders (2006. 3d ed.), is a more coherent and substantive approach to the material. A good resource for public, school, and undergraduate libraries."