The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance

The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance

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The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is perhaps the first comprehensive integration of the psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why weight control seems so daunting for so many people.

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The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is perhaps the first comprehensive integration of the psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why weight control seems so daunting for so many people.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Daniel L. Breslin

There is a tremendous amount of information in this book, and a surprising proportion -- for a clinical guide -- is basic science research data.

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Reviewer: Jeffrey Rado, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a combination of research synthesis, clinical manual, and comprehensive textbook on obesity. Its unique perspective and comprehensive approach derives from its authors, who are psychiatrists. In contrast to other books that focus on the physiology or pathophysiology of obesity, this one takes a more holistic approach to attempt to take into account the numerous psychological aspects of obesity.
Purpose: The goal is to integrate the complex psychological and physiological aspects of mind, brain, and body. This is certainly a worthy objective in itself, but the book goes further, explaining why the control of body weight is such a daunting task for so many people. Anyone who treats obese patients knows that this is probably the essential question in the field.
Audience: In addition to psychiatrists, other clinicians targeted by this book are general practitioners, internists, and psychologists who specialize in obesity. It also would benefit endocrinologists, exercise physiologists, and pediatricians.
Features: The wide-ranging topics include the psychological aspects of obesity (psychology of eating, management of comorbid psychiatric disorders); practical issues (exercise, dieting, calories, and food); and the more complex matters such as metabolic issues of increased weight, circadian rhythms, sleep and weight. Although scientific, the book is written in a very accessible manner. Case examples frequently illustrate basic concepts and sidebars highlight key points. However, there are no illustrations, and charts, graphs, or pictures might have improved readability even more.
Assessment: Overall, this is a well-written book that provides readers of various backgrounds with a synthesis and analysis of a large amount of information related to a complex endeavor. The authors integrate research concepts into discussions of the daily management issues confronted by healthcare providers in this field. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about obesity.
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Reviewer: Jeffrey Rado, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a combination of research synthesis, clinical manual, and comprehensive textbook on obesity. Its unique perspective and comprehensive approach derives from its authors, who are psychiatrists. In contrast to other books that focus on the physiology or pathophysiology of obesity, this one takes a more holistic approach to attempt to take into account the numerous psychological aspects of obesity.
Purpose: The goal is to integrate the complex psychological and physiological aspects of mind, brain, and body. This is certainly a worthy objective in itself, but the book goes further, explaining why the control of body weight is such a daunting task for so many people. Anyone who treats obese patients knows that this is probably the essential question in the field.
Audience: In addition to psychiatrists, other clinicians targeted by this book are general practitioners, internists, and psychologists who specialize in obesity. It also would benefit endocrinologists, exercise physiologists, and pediatricians.
Features: The wide-ranging topics include the psychological aspects of obesity (psychology of eating, management of comorbid psychiatric disorders); practical issues (exercise, dieting, calories, and food); and the more complex matters such as metabolic issues of increased weight, circadian rhythms, sleep and weight. Although scientific, the book is written in a very accessible manner. Case examples frequently illustrate basic concepts and sidebars highlight key points. However, there are no illustrations, and charts, graphs, or pictures might have improved readability even more.
Assessment: Overall, this is a well-written book that provides readers of various backgrounds with a synthesis and analysis of a large amount of information related to a complex endeavor. The authors integrate research concepts into discussions of the daily management issues confronted by healthcare providers in this field. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about obesity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585623600
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/25/2010
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Daniel L. Breslin
There is a tremendous amount of information in this book, and a surprising proportion — for a clinical guide — is basic science research data. (Psychiatric Services)
Brian Wansink

The Gravity of Weight nails down the top thinking and latest clinical research on weight loss and maintenance. It illuminates the physiological factors of weight loss and weight gain, doing so in a punchy, complete, no-nonsense manner. In addition to being an in-depth reference, its use of sidebars and call-outs make it an invaluable handbook for the busy clinician. This is a must-have guide for professionals who want to be serious and successful with their patients' weight loss.

Aaron T. Beck

The Gravity of Weight" is the most thorough and scholarly volume on the problems of weight gain and its control that I know of. The authors skillfully guide the reader through an explanation of the role of calories and the description of the neurophysiology and psychology relevant to obesity. They conclude with an enlightened survey of the various approaches to weight control, including surgical treatments.

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