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Childhood Obesity

Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael I. Goran

CRC Press

502 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and continues to increase in prevalence in almost all countries in which it has been studied, including developed and developing countries around the globe. The causes of obesity are complex and multi-factorial. Childhood obesity becomes a life-long problem in most cases and is associated with long term chronic disease risk for a variety of diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as psychosocial as issues and obesity seems to affect almost every organ system in the body.

In recent years there has been tremendous progress in the understanding of this problem and in strategies for prevention and treatment in the pediatric years. Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches presents current reviews on the complex problem of obesity from the multi-level causes throughout early life before adulthood and the implications for this for long-term disease risk. It reviews numerous types of strategies that have been used to address this issue from conventional clinical management to global policy strategies attempting to modify the global landscape of food, nutrition, and physical activity. Each chapter is written by a global authority in his or her respective field with a focus on reviewing the current status and recent developments.

The book features information on contributing factors to obesity, including developmental origins, social/family, birth cohort studies, influence of ethnicity, and global perspectives. It takes a life-course approach to the subject matter and includes exhaustive treatment of contributing factors to childhood obesity, such as assessment, environmental factors, nutrition and dietary factors, host factors, interventions and treatment, consequences, and further action for future prevention. This broad range of topics relevant to the rapidly changing field of childhood obesity is suitable for students, health care professionals, physicians, and researchers.


Goran presents readers with a collection of academic and research perspectives on the causes and consequences of childhood obesity as well as various intervention approaches.

Table of Contents


Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity and Associated Risk Factors: An Overview

Alison E. Field

Racial and Ethnic Disparities In Prevalence And Risk Factors For Childhood Obesity

Claudia Toledo-Coral

Global Perspectives Of Childhood Obesity: Prevalence, Contributing Factors and Prevention

Youfa Wang

Economic Considerations in Childhood Obesity

John Cawley and Ashlesha Datar

Assessment of Body Composition and Fat Distribution in Infants, Children and Adolescents

Elizabeth M Widen and Dympna Gallagher


The Influence Of Daily Eating Patterns On Weight Status: A Review Of The Evidence On Breakfast Consumption, Snacking, And Eating Frequency

Stacy A. Blondin and Christina D. Economos

Portion sizes in Childhood Obesity

Katherine Keller, Tanja Kral and Jennifer Fisher

Role Of Satiety Responsiveness In Childhood Obesity

Myles S Faith, SUNY Buffalo and Adam C Danley

Food Reward and Appetite Regulation in Children

Kathleen A Page

Food Reinforcement and Childhood Obesity

Katelyn A Carr, Tinuke Oluyomi Daniel, and Leonard H Epstein

Breastfeeding And Infant Obesity

David Fields


Prenatal Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity

Suzanne Phelan & Alison Ventura, California Polytechnic State University. San Luis Obispo, CA

Genetics of Childhood Obesity

Sani M. Roy, Patrick C. Hanley, Jennifer Kelley, Shana E. McCormack and Struan F.A. Grant

Childhood Obesity - Epigenetic Factors

Keith M Godfrey, Karen A. Lillycrop and Robert Murray

Parent and Family-Level Factors Associated with Childhood Obesity

Kyung E Rhee and Kerri N Boutelle

Social Networks and Childhood Obesity

Kayla de la Haye and Sarah-Jeanne Salvy

Role of the Built Environment in Childhood Obesity

Deborah Cohen

Influence of Stress On Obesity Development In Children

Sydney O’Connor, Eleanor Tate and Genevieve Fridlund Dunton

Early Toxicant Exposures and Development Of Obesity In Childhood

Yun Liu and Karen E Peterson

Impact of Environmental Obesogens: Focus on Mechanisms Linking to Childhood Obesity

Bassem M Shoucri and Bruce Blumberg

Potential Role of the Gut Microbiome in the Development of Childhood Obesity

Christopher Mullan and Jacob E Friedman

Adipose Tissue Development

Michael E Symonds, Shalini Ojha and Helen Budge


Self-Esteem And Quality Of Life In Childhood Obesity

Andrew Hill

Childhood Obesity: Implications for Neurocognitive Functioning

Ashley A Martin, Sara L Hargrave and Terry L Davidson

Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes in Pediatric Populations

Nicola Santoro and Sonia Caprio

Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – Recent Advances in Diagnostics and Emerging Therapeutics

Elizabeth L. Yu, MD, Kimberly P. Newton, MD, Jonathan A. Africa, MD and Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, MD

Sleep Outcomes and Childhood Obesity

Kristie R Ross and Susan Redline


Family-Based Behavioral Treatment for Childhood Obesity

Dorothy J. Van Buren, Katherine N. Balantekin, Sara D. McMullin, and Denise E. Wilfley

Advances in Pharmacological Treatment of Pediatric Obesity

Ovidiu A. Galescu and Jack A. Yanovski

Surgical Treatment of Adolescent Obesity

Andrew James Beamish and Torsten Olbers

Physical Activity Interventions for Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Bernard Gutin, and Scott Owens

Life Course Approach to the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Regien Biesma and Mark Hanson

Early Life Interventions for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Paige K Berger and Leann L Birch

Home/Family-Based Strategies for Prevention of Obesity in Infancy and Early Childhood

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy and Kayla de la Haye

Community and School-Based Interventions for Childhood Obesity

Noe C. Crespo and John P Elder

Targeting Reduction in Consumption of Added Sugars for Addressing Childhood Obesity: Translating Research to Clinical Practice

Cara B Ebbeling and Melissa Gallagher Landry

Lifestyle Interventions for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Obese Children and Youth

Micah L Olson and Gabriel Q Shaibi

Use of Mobile Health Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Cheng K Fred Wen, Brooke Bell and Donna Spruijt-Metz

Complementary and Integrative Health Strategies for Addressing Childhood Obesity

Marc Weigensberg


Food Advertising and Marketing Issues Relevant to Childhood Obesity

Tim Lobstein

Connecting the Dots: Translating Systems Thinking into Innovative Solutions for Childhood Obesity

Terry T-K Huang and Emily B Ferris

Food Policy for Childhood Obesity Prevention: A Global Policy Perspective

Alanna Soupen, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Hillary Tolley and Boyd Swinburn

About the Editor

Michael I. Goran is a professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is also the founding director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center and holds the Dr. Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. In addition, he serves as co-director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK. His work focuses on understanding the metabolic and nutritional factors linking obesity to increased disease risk during growth and development and using this information as a basis for developing interventions for prevention and risk reduction. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and reviews and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Pediatric Obesity.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Endocrinology & Metabolism
MEDICAL / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Pediatrics