Obesity

Overview

Is obesity an illness? What is the connection between weight and genetics? These and other issues are explored in this balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding obesity and its import in healthcare.

This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues surrounding obesity, at the same time offering a springboard for ...

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Overview

Is obesity an illness? What is the connection between weight and genetics? These and other issues are explored in this balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding obesity and its import in healthcare.

This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues surrounding obesity, at the same time offering a springboard for further research into the issue.

Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding obesity and its import in today's world of healthcare.

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Editorial Reviews

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"For students and the general reader, Kelly, a writer specializing in health and environmental topics, discusses the rising issue of obesity, providing background on the topic, including historical viewpoints, and examining physical, psychosocial, and genetic studies; the physiology of exercise; and related diseases and disorders. The subsequent section covers the obesity debate: whether it is a real disease, obesity prevention and treatment, types of diets, behavior modification, surgery, the government's role, and the future. Appendices contain annotated primary source documents from the government and other sources, and a list of weight loss programs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313334603
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Series: Health and Medical Issues Today Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

EVELYN B. KELLY is a writer specializing in health and environmental topics. She is a co-author of The Skeletal System volume in the Greenwood Human Body Systems series.

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Table of Contents

Preface : obesity - an expanding epidemic
1 Obesity : a perfect and costly epidemic 3
2 Obesity battles throughout the ages 17
3 The physiology of fat 29
4 The psychological and social aspects of obesity 43
5 Genetics of obesity 53
6 Obesity and exercise 63
7 Obesity and health problems 73
8 Issue : is obesity a disease or an adaptation for survival? 89
9 Issue : are we creating generations of couch potatoes? 97
10 Issue : the great diet debate 107
11 Issue : can behavioral strategies result in weight loss? 119
12 Issue : should surgery be used as a weight-control method? 129
13 Issue : what is the government's role in the obesity crisis? 141
14 Can there be a fat-free future? 157
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