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Handbook of Obesity - Volume 2
Clinical Applications, Fourth Edition

ISBN 9781841849812
Published March 23, 2014 by CRC Press
528 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Several major developments have occurred since the last edition of Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications, including new clinical trials, discoveries related to drug use, and greater understanding of the benefits of weight loss in obese patients. Now in its fourth edition, this volume continues to offer unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage concerning this global and chronic disease that affects and exacerbates associated conditions including diabetes and heart disease. The book is divided into five sections exploring essential factors involved in obesity prevention and treatment:

  • Prevention of Obesity: Strategies such as reengineering the environment to encourage physical activity and prevent excessive weight gain in children and adults

  • Evaluation of the Overweight or Obese Patient: Methods for assessing the overweight individual and the role of the primary care physician in patient management

  • Medical Treatment of Obesity and Weight Management Issues in the Treatment of Obesity: Lifestyle for weight loss and weight maintenance, diet and exercise, medications, herbal agents, and issues related to childhood obesity

  • Surgery: Screening for bariatric surgery, laparoscopic banding, liposuction, and other surgical techniques and strategies for operative and postoperative care

  • Epilogue: The economic assessment and cost-effectiveness of treatments for obesity, how obesity is viewed internationally, and governmental responses to challenges arising from the growing prevalence of obesity

Presenting the insight of international experts and edited by two eminent leaders in obesity research, the book is essential for health care providers in search of a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to treating obese patients.

Table of Contents

Prevention of Obesity

Dietary Changes in Human Evolution: Implications for Prevention of Obesity; Staffan Lindeberg and S. Boyd Eaton

Prevention in Adults; Garry Egger and Boyd Swinburn

Prevention of Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence; Tim Lobstein

Reengineering the Built Environment: Progress in Schools, Work Sites, Neighborhoods, and Parks; Deborah Cohen

Obesity and Evolution: Implications for Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes; S. Boyd Eaton and Staffan Lindeberg

Evaluation of the Overweight or Obese Patient

Classification and Evaluation of the Overweight Patient; Robert F. Kushner and George A. Bray

Waist Girth: A Critical Evaluation of Usefulness; Soo Lim, Marie-France Hivert, and James B. Meigs

Genetic Evaluation of Patients with Syndromic and Nonsyndromic Obesity; Ismaa Sadaf Farooqi and Stephen O’Rahilly

Impact of Voluntary Weight Loss on Morbidity and Mortality; Edward W. Gregg

Obesity and the Primary Care Physician; Ken Fujioka and Tanja Crockett

Medical Treatment of Obesity and Weight Management Issues in the Treatment of Obesity: Behavior, Diet, Exercise and Medications

Behavioral Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity; Rena R. Wing

Preventing Weight Regain after Weight Loss; Stephen D. Anton, John P. Foreyt, and Michael G. Perri

Strategies to Reduce Calories in Food; Alexandra G. Kazaks and Judith S. Stern

Diet Composition and Weight Loss; Angela Makris, Michelle R. Lent, and Gary D. Foster

Dietary Protein and Weight Management; Margriet S. Westerterp-Plantenga

Exercise and Weight Management; Tim Church

Drugs That Cause Weight Gain and Clinical Alternatives to Their Use; Albert Hsieh, Arianne Sweeting, Avinash Suryawanshi, and Ian D. Caterson

Sibutramine, Phentermine, and Diethylpropion: Sympathomimetic Drugs in the Management of Obesity; Donna H. Ryan and George A. Bray

Drugs That Modify Fat Absorption and Alter Metabolism; George A. Bray and Donna H. Ryan

Serotonin Receptor Modulation in the Treatment of Obesity; Steven R. Smith

Combination Therapy: Topiramate and Phentermine; Kishore M. Gadde

Combination Therapy: Bupropion plus Naltrexone (Contrave); Donna H. Ryan and George A. Bray

Glucagon-Like Peptide- Agonists and Weight Regulation; Niels Vrang and Arne Astrup

Brown Adipose Tissue as a Target; Barbara Cannon and Jan Nedergaard

Herbal and Alternative Approaches to Obesity; Frank L. Greenway and David Heber

Is There a Future for Gene Therapy in Obesity? Sergei Zolotukhin

Special Issues in Treatment of Pediatric Obesity; Matthew A. Haemer and Stephen R. Daniels

Prevention and Management of Dyslipidemia, Hyperglycemia, and the Metabolic Syndrome in Obese Patients; Annie Ferland and Robert H. Eckel


Surgical Procedures in the Treatment of Obesity and Its Comorbidities; Ali Aminian and Philip R. Schauer

Swedish Obese Subjects, SOS; Lars Sjöström

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding; Paul E. O’Brien

Evolving Surgical Therapy for Obesity; Susan C. Clark and Walter J. Pories

Liposuction and Obesity; Gemma Fraterrigo, Luigi Fontana, and Samuel Klein

Mechanisms Underlying the Endocrine Management of Postbariatric Surgical Patients; David Heber and Frank L. Greenway


Cost-Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention and Treatment; Amy E. Rothberg, Anna Peeters, and William H. Herman

Government’s Evolving Role: Nutrition, Education, Regulation, Monitoring, and Research; W. Philip T. James and João Breda


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George A. Bray, MD, MACP, MACE, is a former executive director and current Boyd Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is also a professor of medicine at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, an adjunct professor of physiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and an adjunct professor of food science in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. His research focuses on physiological mechanisms for obesity and the evaluation of treatment for obesity and diabetes.

Claude Bouchard, PhD, is a former executive director and current John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, LA. His research focuses on the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities, as well as on the genetics of adaptation to regular exercise in terms of cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors.

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"This two-volume set of books is the most comprehensive encyclopaedia of obesity that I have read … Name any aspect of obesity and this book has it covered! Reading it from beginning to end is a pleasurable education, whilst digital access via VitalBook (eBook) on your VitalSource Bookshelf (included in the price) will enable immediate offline access in the clinic or seminar…The book is the product of a huge international college of contributors whose presentations are ably and intuitively orchestrated by the editors. As a comprehensive treatise on all aspects of obesity I cannot recommend it enough."
—Jim Young, Editor-in-Chief, Glycosmedia