Physical Activity and Obesity

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Obesity and a physically inactive lifestyle are two of the most prevalent risk factors for common chronic diseases in the Western world. Physical Activity and Obesity provides the exercise science and sports medicine communities with a much-needed reference that addresses the key issues concerning the link between physical activity (or inactivity) and obesity.

Each of the book's 19 chapters is written by one or more experts in the field. These prominent scientists and clinicians...

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Overview

Obesity and a physically inactive lifestyle are two of the most prevalent risk factors for common chronic diseases in the Western world. Physical Activity and Obesity provides the exercise science and sports medicine communities with a much-needed reference that addresses the key issues concerning the link between physical activity (or inactivity) and obesity.

Each of the book's 19 chapters is written by one or more experts in the field. These prominent scientists and clinicians provide clear explanations of the concepts, research techniques, and results presented. The authors present up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative discussions on the various aspects of physical activity and obesity, and the supporting data is reviewed, tabulated, and diagrammatically illustrated.

The chapters are organized into four broad categories so that readers can quickly access those chapters that are most pertinent to their interests and needs.

Part I provides an overview of the current obesity epidemic, its implications for morbidity and mortality rates, and its economic burden.

Part II includes chapters on the determinants of obesity and the assessments of energy expenditure components and dietary habits.

Part III provides an overview of the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity for various population groups, including the severely obese, and it addresses the topic of weight loss maintenance.

Finally, Part IV focuses on the role of physical activity in the comorbidities of obesity and with respect to the health status of the obese. It also discusses how to modify the physical activity habits of the obese.

Physical Activity and Obesity is an indispensable resource for researchers, medical practitioners, public health policy decision-makers, and students. In fact, it's an excellent text for anyone who wants to better understand the role of physical activity in the overall energy balance equation and its influence on the health status of the obese.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Geoff D.C. Ball, BSc, RD (University of Alberta)
Description: The editors of this exceptional text details the costs, causes, and consequences of obesity, along with the role of physical activity in weight control and health.
Purpose: While in-depth, this book is not intended to be completely exhaustive. This first edition was developed to fill a perceived need in the exercise science and sports medicine communities and is meant to encourage those who may pursue a research career in physical activity and obesity.
Audience: The editor is one of the world's most accomplished researchers in the study of obesity, genetics, and physical activity. The contributing authors represent a collection of leaders from their respective disciplines and have done an admirable job of providing clinicians and researchers alike with an up-to-date review of the research.
Features: The first half of this four-section, 19-chapter compilation is dedicated to the present state of obesity (e.g., prevalence, morbidity/mortality, and economic costs) and the biological and behavioral determinants of obesity. In the second half the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity in different populations and health and fitness are underscored. In particular, several current and important research questions are addressed, such as: What is the role of physical activity in maintaining weight loss? (Chapter 16) Can obese people be "fat and fit?" (Chapter 18) How can obese people achieve and maintain an active lifestyle? (Chapter 19) In light of 'the obesity epidemic' and the inability of most overweight/obese individuals to maintain weight loss, a greater understanding of these areas is vital.
Assessment: This timely book is presented in a logical, straightforward manner. While some issues are discussed more than once, the overlap does not detract from the value of the text as a whole. By combining traditional topics with several emerging issues, the editor has made a valuable contribution to the field of physical activity and obesity research.
Geoff D.C. Ball
The editors of this exceptional text details the costs, causes, and consequences of obesity, along with the role of physical activity in weight control and health. While in-depth, this book is not intended to be completely exhaustive. This first edition was developed to fill a perceived need in the exercise science and sports medicine communities and is meant to encourage those who may pursue a research career in physical activity and obesity. The editor is one of the world's most accomplished researchers in the study of obesity, genetics, and physical activity. The contributing authors represent a collection of leaders from their respective disciplines and have done an admirable job of providing clinicians and researchers alike with an up-to-date review of the research. The first half of this four-section, 19-chapter compilation is dedicated to the present state of obesity (e.g., prevalence, morbidity/mortality, and economic costs) and the biological and behavioral determinants of obesity. In the second half the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity in different populations and health and fitness are underscored. In particular, several current and important research questions are addressed, such as: What is the role of physical activity in maintaining weight loss? (Chapter 16) Can obese people be "fat and fit?" (Chapter 18) How can obese people achieve and maintain an active lifestyle? (Chapter 19) In light of 'the obesity epidemic' and the inability of most overweight/obese individuals to maintain weight loss, a greater understanding of these areas is vital. This timely book is presented in a logical, straightforward manner. While some issues arediscussed more than once, the overlap does not detract from the value of the text as a whole. By combining traditional topics with several emerging issues, the editor has made a valuable contribution to the field of physical activity and obesity research.
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Considering the link between physical activity or inactivity and obesity, 35 contributors (including doctors, physiologists, psychologists, and nutritionists from North America and Europe) present 19 essays. They discuss the current obesity epidemic, the determinants of obesity, the assessment of energy expenditure and dietary habits, the role of physical activity in preventing and treating obesity, and the role of physical activity in the comorbities of obesity with respect to the health status of the obese. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880119092
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Claude Bouchard, one of the world's leaders in the study of genetics and physical activity, is the executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the George A. Bray Chair in Nutrition at Louisiana State University. Previously, he held the Donald B. Brown Research Chair on Obesity.

Dr. Bouchard's research has focused on the genetics of adaptation to exercise, nutritional interventions, and the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities. His efforts have been funded from various agencies including the National Institute of Health and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Bouchard has authored or co-authored several books and has published more than 500 professional and scientific papers. Former president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Dr. Bouchard is the president-elect of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

Among other awards, he has received the Honor Award from the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences, a Citation Award from the Americian College of Sports Medicine, the Benjamin Delessert Award in Nutrition from France, the Willendorf Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity, the Sandoz Award from the Canadian Atherosclerosis Society, the Albert Creff Award in Nutrition of the National Academy of Medicine of France, and a Honoris Causa Doctorate in Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Dr. Bouchard holds an MSc in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Anthropological Genetics from the University of Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of contributors

Part I: The Obesity Epidemic
Chapter 1. Introduction
Claude Bouchard
Chapter 2. The current epidemic of obesity
Jacob C. Seidell
Chapter 3. Overweight, mortality, and morbidity
George A. Bray
Chapter 4. The cost of obesity and sedentarism in the United States
Graham A. Colditz and Anna Mariani

Part II: The Biological and Behavioral Determinants of Obesity
Chapter 5. The determinants of obesity
Arline D. Salbe and Eric Ravussin
Chapter 6. Assessment of human energy expenditure
Christopher L. Melby, Richard C. Ho and James O. Hill
Chapter 7. The assessment of energy and nutrient intake in humans
Klaas R. Westerterp
Chapter 8. Human energy and nutrient balance
Isabelle Dionne and Angelo Tremblay
Chapter 9. Adipose tissue metabolism and obesity
Paul Poirier and Robert H. Eckel
Chapter 10. Skeletal muscle metabolism and obesity
Jean-Aimé Simoneau and David E. Kelley

Part III: Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity
Chapter 11. Physical activity and body composition in children and adolescents
Bernard Gutin and Paule Barbeau
Chapter 12. Physical activity level and weight control in adults
Andrew M. Prentice and Susan A. Jebb
Chapter 13. Physical activity and weight control in older citizens
Eric T. Poehlman
Chapter 14. Physical activity level and weight control during pregnancy
Stephan Rössner
Chapter 15. Physical activity level and the treatment of severe obesity
Walker S. Carlos Poston, Richard R. Suminski, and John P. Foreyt
Chapter 16. Physical activity and maintenance of weight loss: physiological and psychological mechanisms
Christina Wood Baker and Kelly D. Brownell

Part IV: Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health in the Obese State
Chapter 17. Physical activity and the metabolic complications of obesity
Jean-Pierre Després and Benoît Lamarche
Chapter 18. Is it possible to be overweight or obese and fit and healthy?
Suzanne B. Brodney, Steven N. Blair, and Chong Do Lee
Chapter 19. Changing lifestyle: Moving from sedentary to active
Rena R. Wing and John M. Jakicic

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