Comprehensive in scope and meticulously researched, Handbook of Obesity Prevention analyzes the intricate causes of this public health crisis, and sets out concrete, multilevel strategies for meeting it head-on. This innovative handbook starts by clearly defining obesity in clinical, epidemiologic, and financial terms. From there, expert contributors provide insights on current issues, methods, and controversies in the field, focusing on new opportunities for prevention, successful interventions and initiatives, and guidelines for planning and implementing programs and evaluating results. This systematic approach to large-scale social and policy change gives all parties involved—from individual practitioners to multinational corporations—the tools to set and attain realistic goals based on solid evidence and best practice in public health.
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Its level of detail and wide range of topics make the Handbook of Obesity Prevention a bedrock sourcebook, overview, reference, or teaching text. Read by topic or cover to cover, here is accurate, up-to-date information for professionals and students in all areas of public health.
Reviewer:Dale A. Schoeller, PhD(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description:This is a comprehensive review of the epidemic of overweight and obesity, the health consequences of obesity, and the public health responses that may prevent the worsening of this population-wide epidemic in adults and children. It is written from an American perspective, but can be generalized to most Western countries.
Purpose:The author's goals are to summarize the background information on obesity and review the potential solutions to the epidemic of obesity through public and private venues. A related goal is to provide a sound scientific basis for prevention initiatives.
Audience:The book is intended for health professions in obesity related research, public health, and policy who are interested in broadening their view of obesity and its prevention. The book would also serve as an excellent textbook for a graduate level course in obesity prevention.
Features:The 22 chapters, written by experts in the field, are excellent reviews of obesity statistics and environmental factors in the 21st century that correlate with obesity trends. Current public and private population, community, school, workplace, and other population-based interventions are reviewed and evaluated along with their behavioral underpinnings. The book includes an above average number of valuable black-and-white figures and tables that summarize the authors' points. Each chapter includes over 100 references that are quite current. The index is useful, but not highly detailed.
Assessment:This is an excellent addition to the field of the public health aspects of obesity. It is well organized and written and is one of the few books in the field. The book meets the editors' goals of reviewing the rather diverse field of obesity prevention and providing a context for the current interventions so they can build upon each other and mature. This can help to coordinate and maximize future interventions that are developing at the state and national level.