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Obesity

Dietary and Developmental Influences, 1st Edition

Edited by Gail Woodward-Lopez, Lorrene Davis Ritchie, Dana E. Gerstein, Patricia B. Crawford

CRC Press

360 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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Focusing on prevention rather than treatment, Obesity: Dietary and Developmental Influences reviews and evaluates the determinants of obesity. The book uses evidence-based research as a basis to define foods and dietary behaviors that should be supported and encouraged as well as those that should be discouraged. This comprehensive review represents a critical step forward in the quest to identify actionable strategies to prevent obesity.

The book describes the potential role of 26 different dietary factors and 8 developmental periods in the prevention of obesity among children and adults. The dietary factors examined include macronutrients, micronutrients, specific types of foods and beverages, snack and meal patterns, portion size, parenting practices, breastfeeding, and more. The factors from each developmental period in the life cycle are examined in the context of the likelihood of obesity development. For each dietary factor and developmental period, four lines of evidence are examined: secular trends, plausible mechanisms, observational studies, and prevention trials.

Providing easy access to information, the book features 38 tables that summarize observational studies, 38 graphs depicting trends in dietary intake, and 9 tables that summarize prevention trials. It provides a synopsis of the latest research on obesity, investigating all major lines of evidence, and clarifies common misconceptions while identifying which behaviors to target and which dietary factors show the most promise for prevention.

Reviews

“…a comprehensive summary of dietary influences and critical periods that are important in obesity prevention.

—Doody’s Review Services

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Obesity Epidemic

The Obesity Prevention Network Determinants of Energy Imbalance Workgroup

A Focus on Prevention

Defining Target Behaviors: A First Step

Methodology

Search Process and Criteria

Article Abstraction and Manuscript Format

Lines of Evidence

Critical Periods

Intrauterine Growth and Birth Weight

Infancy

Adiposity Rebound

Early Puberty

Pregnancy

Postpartum

Menopause

Elderly

Dietary Influences on Energy balance

Total Calories

Energy Density

Macronutrient Intake

Minerals and Vitamins

Vegetables and Fruits

Sweetened Beverages and Fruit Juice

Restaurant-Prepared Foods

Dietary Patterns

Variety of Foods

Reduced-Fat Food Products

Portion Size

Meal and Snack Patterns

Parenting Influences

Breastfeeding

Food Insecurity

Conclusions

When to Intervene: Critical Periods in the Development of Obesity

What to Recommend: Dietary Influences on Energy Balance

Implications

Priorities for Further Research

Reference

Index

About the Authors/Editors

Woodward-Lopez\, Gail; Ritchie\, Lorrene Davis; Gerstein\, Dana E.; Crawford\, Patricia B.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED027000
MEDICAL / Endocrinology & Metabolism
MED060000
MEDICAL / Nutrition
MED078000
MEDICAL / Public Health
TEC012000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Food Science