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From The CriticsReviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book is divided into four sections covering obesity prevalence, energy homeostasis, obesity related diseases, and obesity prevention, which is the longest section and is largely devoted to the effects of nutritional and herbal supplements and specific foods. Although written by a variety of authors, the 41 chapters are similarly formatted.
Purpose: The reviews are timely and relatively complete, providing a good capsule of the current information. Additional reviews on adding physical activity to daily life, food choices, behavioral modification, and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle would have been helpful.
Audience: The book is aimed at health professionals who are working with patients attempting to control or reduce their weight. The authors are experienced investigators in their fields and the reviews are reasonably complete.
Features: The coverage of obesity related topics is good, but not outstanding. There is an overemphasis on nutritional and herbal supplements and not enough coverage of a general healthy lifestyle and how one goes about changing a lifestyle. The book has an average number of black-and-white illustrations and an excellent index.
Assessment: Each chapter has multiple subheadings, making it easy to retrieve information. The major limitation might be the overemphasis on supplements and herbals for weight control and the underemphasis on the goals for, and methods to achieve, a healthy lifestyle related to weight control.