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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert Kushner, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The book presents an eclectic selection of current topics on obesity, covering a wide range of areas such as hormonal abnormalities, sleep disorders, pharmacotherapy, biometric methodology, compulsive eating, food control training, and weight management among black women. The 37 contributors represent a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from the U.S.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a state-of-the-art view of the current treatment and management of obesity. However, a lack of organization and absence of stated themes and subheadings undermine this objective.
Audience: Although not explicitly stated, the book is most appropriately intended for clinicians specializing in obesity treatment. Readers will find the information in the chapters of variable interest and depth.
Features: The illustrations, tables, table of contents, and index are adequate. However, the book lacks consistency in format, content, and style. References are presented numerically or in alphabetical order. Chapters vary from general reviews, focused reviews, descriptions of studies, or an adaptation from other published books.
Assessment: Although the topics selected for this book are interesting and relevant for practitioners specializing in obesity treatment, the lack of organization and consistency in format, content, and presentation distracts the reader from appreciating the abundance of information contained within its covers.