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Childhood Obesity

Prevalence, Pathophysiology, and Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Rexford S. Ahima

Apple Academic Press

386 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has increased worldwide in recent decades. Obesity in childhood is associated with a wide range of serious health complications and an increased risk of premature illness and death later in life. This book presents childhood obesity trends across multiple demographics and discusses the contributing genetic and environmental factors. It demonstrates the adverse health consequences of childhood obesity both as they relate to childhood and as they last into adulthood and presents multiple methods for obesity treatment included community and family-based intervention, pharmacotherapy, and surgical procedures.


"The book confirmed that prevention programmes work not just by boosting physical activity but by the consequent reduction in children’s exposure to heavy marketing of unhealthy fast-foods and soft drinks …This book would be suitable for academics working in this important field …"

—Rachel Pryke, RCGP, Clinical Lead for Nutrition, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK, in British Journal of General Practice

Table of Contents


Genetic and Environmental Factors

Genetics of Childhood Obesity, Jianhua Zhao and Struan F. A. Grant

Genetic and Environmental Contributions, Lise Dubois, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Manon Girard, Fabiola Tatone-Tokuda, Daniel Pérusse, Jacob Hjelmborg, Axel Skytthe, Finn Rasmussen, Margaret J. Wright, Paul Lichtenstein, and Nicholas G. Martin

Newborn Risk for Child Obesity, Anita Morandi, David Meyre, Stéphane Lobbens, Ken Kleinman, Marika Kaakinen, Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, Vincent Vatin, Stefan Gaget, Anneli Pouta, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Jaana Laitinen, Aimo Ruokonen, Shikta Das, Anokhi Ali Khan, Paul Elliott, Claudio Maffeis, Matthew W. Gillman, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, and Philippe Froguel

Beverage Consumption in Children, Victor L. Fulgoni and Erin E. Quann

Relationship between Physical Activity and Weight, Annette Rauner, Filip Mess, and Alexander Woll

Childhood and Family Influences on BMI, Andrea Gonzalez, Michael H Boyle, Katholiki Georgiades, Laura Duncan, Leslie R. Atkinson, and Harriet L. MacMillan

Adverse Health Consequences

Childhood Obesity and Sleep Apnea, Indra Narang and Joseph L. Mathew

Endothelial Dysfunction in Childhood Obesity, Luc Bruyndonckx, Vicky Y. Hoymans, Amaryllis H. Van Craenenbroeck, Dirk K. Vissers, Christiaan J. Vrints, José Ramet, and Viviane M. Conraads

Insulin Sensitivity in Obese Children, Jinkwan Kim, Rakesh Bhattacharjee, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Oscar Sans Capdevila, Riva Tauman, and David Gozal

Childhood Obesity and Bone Density, Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, Pekka Kannus, Matti Pasanen, and Harri Sievänen

Psychosocial and Physical Health Outcomes, Amy van Grieken, Carry M. Renders, Anne I. Wijtzes, Remy A. Hirasing, and Hein Raat

Prevention and Treatment

Determinants of Weight Loss, A. C. Dubuisson, F. R. Zech, M. M. Dassy, N. B. Jodogne, and V. M. Beauloye

Intervening to Reduce Sedentary Behaviors, May May Leung, Alen Agaronov, Kateryna Grytsenko, and Ming-Chin Yeh

Sharing of Electronic Health Record Data, L. Charles Bailey, David E. Milov, Kelly Kelleher, Michael G. Kahn, Mark Del Beccaro, Feliciano Yu, Thomas Richards, and Christopher B. Forrest

Childhood Obesity, Prevalence and Prevention, Mahshid Dehghan, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, and Anwar T Merchant


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nutrition