1st Edition

Tackling Obesity and Overweight Matters in Health and Social Care

Edited By Ruth Chambers, Paula Stather Copyright 2022
    189 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    189 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This practical guide helps health or social care professionals across all settings to understand how important it is to prevent and manage their service users’ overweight and obesity, and motivate them to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, so reducing their risk of associated health conditions such as diabetes and now COVID-19. Obesity and associated health problems represent a growing health burden around the world, with rates throughout Europe increasing sharply over the last forty years, second only to the United States and closely followed by many nations in Asia.

    The book will be an invaluable manual for general practice, primary care and community clinicians, practice and community nurses and dietitians and a go-to reference for health professionals across all medical specialties and related support services, as well as medical education, public health and social care worker professionals.



    About the Editors

    About the Contributors

    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction: Focus on Overweight and Obesity as a Priority

    1. The Scale of the Problem・Overweight and Obesity

    2. Managing Child Overweight and Obesity

    3. Managing Adult Overweight and Obesity in Primary Care

    4. Managing Diabetes and Prediabetes

    5. Digital Approaches to Weight Management

    6. Different Dietary Approaches

    7. Alternative Approaches: Behavioural Therapy, Physical Activity and Other Techniques to Support Planned Weight Loss

    8. Drug Therapy for Obesity

    9. Surgical Treatments of Obesity

    10. Calculating the Costs of Overweight and Obesity

    11. Successful Patient Stories・Learning from Them

    Appendix 1. Shared Management Plan for a Person Who Is Overweight or Obese and Already Motivated to Reduce Weight—Signed Up to an Interactive Text Messaging Service

    Appendix 2. Useful Resources



    Ruth Chambers FRCGP, MD, OBE is a retired general practitioner with over 40 years’ experience. She is an Honorary Professor at Staffordshire University and Keele University, UK.

    Paula Stather has over 20 years’ of management experience within Primary Care and has worked more recently as project co-ordinator for an NHS funded Digital Reach and Digital Inclusion project.

    "Overweight matters and obesity are concisely discussed with a special focus on prevalence, etiology, impact, and suggested interventions. This book is highly valuable for healthcare and social care professionals. The material is highly informative, digestible, and easily incorporated into practice across many different settings."

    -Mary Alice Becraft, BSN, Doody Review