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Handbook of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Jelalian, Elissa, Steele, Ric G. (Eds.)


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  • Comprehensive coverage of component behaviors – including physical activity and diet
  • Developmental framework, with chapters giving separate attention to issues unique to children and adolescents
  • Comprehensive attention to prevention, intervention, and potential policy recommendations to inform the management of pediatric obesity

Within the past two generations alone, child and adolescent obesity has more than doubled for some age groups and tripled for others. Consequently, the extraordinary number of school-age children now being diagnosed with what were once considered adult-onset disorders – hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and related cardio-pulmonary conditions – has catapulted pediatric obesity to the forefront of national attention. Yet even as recognition grows, reliable, scientifically tested information and methods often get lost in the media crush of quick fixes and hyped-up news stories.

Now, in one comprehensive, easy-to-access volume, the Handbook of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity reveals the scope of the problem in terms of its psychological burden, its health consequences, and the available prevention and treatment options with the most current empirical and clinical knowledge available. This volume provides readers not only raw data, but also a framework for translating findings into effective, efficient practice – assessment, treatment, and prevention. This volume:

  • Emphasizes developmental considerations – the specific information most relevant to toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents.
  • Examines sociocultural and economic risk factors and their attendant treatment issues.
  • Addresses the particular challenges of treating overweight children with psychiatric comorbidities.
  • Discusses weight management intervention strategies in home, school, and community settings.
  • Outlines model intervention programs for overweight/obese children and youth.
  • Features special chapters on emerging topics of interest, including behavioral genetics, binge eating, technology-based approaches to weight control, and the concept of the obesigenic environment.

The Handbook of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity is a vital reference for child psychologists and psychiatrists as well as school and counseling psychologists, social workers, educators, and public health and medical professionals.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Assessment - Counseling - Motivation - development - genetics - intervention

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Medicine - Pediatrics - Psychiatry - Psychology - Psychotherapy & Counseling

Table of contents 

Section I: Prevalence, Correlates, and Consequences.- Pediatric Obesity in Context: Trends and Epidemiology.- Health Consequences of Obesity in Children and Adolescents.- Psychosocial Factors Related to Obesity in Children and Adolescents.- Binge Eating in Overweight Children and Adolescents.- Section II: Assessment of Pediatric Obesity and Contributing Conditions.- The Definition and Assessment of Childhood Overweight: A Developmental Perspective.- Assessment of Dietary Practices and Eating Attitudes and Behaviors.- Development of Eating Patterns.- Section III: Risk Factors for Obesity in Children and Youth.- Physiological Mechanisms Impacting Weight Regulation.- Socioeconomic Factors Related to Overweight in Children and Adolescents.- The 'Obesignenic' Environment.- Application of Genetic Epidemiology to Understanding Pediatric Obesity.- Section IV: Interventions.- Developmental Considerations in Intervention with Children and Adolescents with Obesity.- Empirically Supported Treatment of Overweight Children.- Empirically Supported Treatment of Overweight Adolescents.- Intensive Therapies for Treatment of Pediatric Obesity.- Residential Treatment Programs for Pediatric Obesity.- Model Treatment Programs.- Cultural Considerations in the Development of Pediatric Weight Management Interventions.- Section V: Prevention of Pediatric Obesity.- Prevention Programs: Preschool Children.- Prevention Programs: School Age Children and Adolescents.- Community-level prevention programs for children and adolescents.- Section VI: Future Directions.- The role of public policy in management of the pediatric obesity epidemic.- Technological Innovations in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity.- Application of Motivational Interview Techniques to Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity.- Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity and Comorbid Psychiatric Conditions.- Application of Empirically Supported Treatments to Practice Settings.- Directions for Future Research in Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Intervention.

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