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A Guide to Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome : Origins and Treatment - George A. Bray

A Guide to Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome

Origins and Treatment

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Published: 28th March 2011
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In the historical record there is abundant evidence that obesity was a medical and health concern as long as medicine has been practiced. The idea of diet and exercise are bulwarks in the fight against obesity in history from the time of Hippocrates to the 16th century-a span of 2,000 years. However, our scientific understanding of this problem is only a little over 200 years old. An examination of the root cause of what many consider the obesity epidemic, A Guide to Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome traces the origins and types of obesity and its treatment.

Examining in detail the developing treatment for obesity, this book provides:

  • A history of obesity, including treatment, proposed causes, and perceptions
  • An examination of the causes and problems associated with obesity
  • A discussion of lifestyle, diet, exercise, and treatment strategies
  • A detailed look at the medications and surgeries available for obesity


The fact that we have an epidemic of obesity today that is covering the globe suggests that the strategically simple ideas of eating less and exercising more, ideas that require commitment and personal involvement by the individual, have not been very successful. As we move forward in trying to understand this problem, we need to be alert to strategies and tactics that may not require individual motivation and commitment-history has shown that they do not work well. This book supplies guidance on developing and designing novel strategic interventions against obesity and metabolic disorders.

Origins Origins of Obesity in the Scientific Era--AD 1500 to the Present Introduction Sixteenth Century Seventeenth Century Eighteenth Century Nineteenth Century Twentieth Century: An Age of Specialization in Science and Medicine Definition, Measurement, and Prevalence Introduction Definitions Describing Body Composition Methods of Measuring Body Weight and Body Fat Instruments Used to Measure Body Composition Instrumental Methods for Measuring Visceral Fat Body Fat through the Life Span Body Fat and Body Energy Stores Criteria for the Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence of Obesity Metabolic Syndrome Conclusion Genetic, Metabolic, and Social Origins of Obesity Introduction Genetic Factors Epigenetic and Intrauterine Imprinting Environmental Agents and Obesity: An Epidemiologic Approach Regulation of Body Fat: A Homeostatic Model of Energy Regulation Effects of Obesity on Health and Metabolism Introduction Historical Context for the Risks of Overweight as a Disease Costs of Obesity The Pathology of Obesity The Pathophysiology of Central and Total Fat Benefits and Potential Risks of Weight Loss Treatment Prevention, Evaluation, and Introduction to Treatment Introduction Prevention of Obesity Introduction to Treatment Criteria for Evaluating Outcomes Lifestyle, Diet, and Exercise: Cognitive Solutions Introduction to Cognitive Solutions for Weight Loss Lifestyle Change: A Cognitive Solution Diet: A Cognitive Solution Physical Activity: A Cognitive Solution Cognitive Strategies to Maintain Weight Loss Medications for Obesity Brief History of the Drug Treatment for Obesity Mechanisms that Modulate Food Intake and Energy Expenditure: The Basis for Pharmacological Interventions Drugs Approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the Treatment of Obesity Drugs Approved for Other Uses that Have Effects on Body Weight Combinations of Drugs Used for Weight Loss Drugs in Late Stages of Clinical Evaluation Concepts for Antiobesity Drugs in Earlier Stages of Development Complementary and Herbal Medicine Surgery for Obesity Introduction Rationale for Surgical Intervention for Obesity Indications Contraindications Bariatric Surgery for Pediatric Patients Effectiveness of Surgical Procedures Mechanisms for Weight Loss Benefits from Bariatric Surgery Complications Other Procedures Postscript--Obesity in the Twenty-First Century Lessons We Have Learned in this Book Where Do We Go in the Twenty-First Century?

ISBN: 9781439814574
ISBN-10: 1439814570
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 28th March 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1