This single-volume draws on the growing field of obesity research; including causes, related conditions, preventions, and treatment. Covering important topics in the fields of obesity, nutrition, and weight management using easy-to-understand language, Principles of Health: Obesity is designed to provide a solid background and understanding of obesity, its causes, and treatment options.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 42.4% of American adults were obese in 2018. This number increased by 10% from the previous decade. Although obesity itself is physical, its cause is almost always a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Physiological conditions that predispose people to obesity are hormonal imbalances, genetics, inflammation, and slowed metabolic processes. Psychological factors, including depression, eating disorders, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and stress may increase one’s risk of obesity. Awareness of the multifaceted issues resulting in obesity is crucial in preventing and treating this epidemic facing our country.
This work begins with a comprehensive Editor’s Introduction to the topic of obesity written by Dawn Rutherford, MS, RDN. Following the Introduction, Principles of Health: Obesity includes 140 entries arranged in four broad categories:
- Causes and Risk Factors include genetic, environmental, and pathological factors that may contribute to obesity and being overweight.
- Related Conditions, Diseases, and Comorbidities describe conditions that often co-exist with being overweight, or that may develop as a result of obesity. It also deals with the types of cancer that are associated with obesity, including esophageal, pancreatic, and liver cancers.
- Treatment and Weight Management discusses different avenues through which obesity can be managed, including general nutritional guidelines, targeted weight-loss diets, and healthy lifestyle practices.
- Conditions In Depth details several conditions and diseases that are often associated with obesity, including sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease.
Some of the entries discussed in this volume include:
All entries include Category, System or Anatomy Affected, and References. Many entries also include Key Terms and images and photographs to illustrate concepts and treatments.
This work includes helpful appendixes, including Bibliography; Glossary; Organizations; Category Index; and Subject Index.
Essays are comprehensive and accessible to high school and undergraduate students and general readers interested in the study, mechanics, and treatment of pain management - a must-have resource for students and researchers building a foundation in obesity research.