The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance [NOOK Book]

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The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance, by Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is a scholarly and critical inquiry into the field of overweight and obesity. Reviewing more than 900 publications, from some of the early classical papers to the most recent research, the authors have integrated the complex psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why the control of body weight is so daunting for so many people. Written primarily for...

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Overview

The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance, by Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is a scholarly and critical inquiry into the field of overweight and obesity. Reviewing more than 900 publications, from some of the early classical papers to the most recent research, the authors have integrated the complex psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why the control of body weight is so daunting for so many people. Written primarily for clinicians in all health-related fields, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists, as well as for their intellectually curious patients, The Gravity of Weight explores the controversy regarding obesity as a disease with morbidity and mortality, as well as the complex methodological issues involved in obesity research. The authors delineate the extraordinary metabolic complexities implicated in weight control as well as the importance of circadian rhythms and sleep as they relate to weight and even disorders such as the night eating syndrome. They also investigate the psychological aspects of overweight and obesity, including discrimination against the obese and the fat acceptance movement, and they discuss some of the most common diets as well as the psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, and surgical treatment options currently available for these patients.The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary text that synthesizes some of the most essential information for successful weight control: • The role of the environment, including diet, disordered eating, and portion control, in weight management• The National Weight Control Registry and the study of those successful at weight control• The importance of differentiating weight loss from weight loss maintenance• The qualitative and quantitative measurements of physical activity, including the role of exercise for maintenance of weight loss• The contribution of genetics to "the obesities" • Depression and obesity: cause or consequence?• Psychotherapeutic strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy • Medical and surgical treatment approaches and their effectiveness

Drs. Karasu have drawn from both professional and personal experience to write The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide To Weight Loss and Maintenance. Both had fathers who suffered from morbid obesity. One died at the age of 56, while the other lived to be 91. The authors' professional curiosity led them to question how differences in environment, genetics, and overall physical and psychological health can affect one person's longevity and another's early passing.

In searching for the answers to some of the most perplexing questions regarding weight, the authors have created what is perhaps the most comprehensive exploration of the relationship of the mind, brain, body and our environment to overweight and obesity. The resulting text deserves a prominent place in the library of those who work in this field.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Doody Reviews
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: 9781585629329
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 518
  • Sales rank: 1,201,880
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.11 (d)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Psychiatrist at New York--Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York.

T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is Silverman Professor and University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Foreword by Albert J. Stunkard, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at Penn.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. A tale of two fathers. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Obesity in the United States: the gravity of the situation. Food: the basic principles of calories. The psychology of the eater. The metabolic complexities of weight control. Psychiatric disorders and weight. Medical conditions and weight. Exercise. Circadian rhythms, sleep, and weight. Diet and weight. Psychological treatment strategies and weight. Pharmacological and surgical treatments for overweight and obesity. Appendix: selected readings and web sites. Index.

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