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Handbook of Obesity Prevention

A Resource for Health Professionals

Editors: Kumanyika, Shiriki, Brownson, Ross (Eds.)

  • Addresses the issue of obesity from a population-based perspective
  • Allows either a cover-to-cover reading or a reference/resource approach on specific topics on obesity and obesity prevention
  • Presents a life-span prevention approach, integrating considerations for adults and children and highlighting important differences in issues and perspectives
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About this book

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.

A sample of topics covered:

  • The individual: risk factors and prevention across the lifespan, specific populations (pregnant women, ethnic and regional groups).
  • Levers for change in schools and workplaces.
  • Prevention in health care systems: roles and resources.
  • Community settings: role of the physical environment.
  • "De-marketing" obesity: food industries and the media.
  • Grassroots action: consumers and communities.
  • The global obesity epidemic: rapid developments, potential solutions.
  • From obesity prevention to health promotion: the future of the field.

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.

About the authors

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., R.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Pediatrics (Nutrition) Associate Dean for Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention, Director, Graduate Program in Public Health Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Kumanyika holds a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University, an MS in Social Work from Columbia University, PhD in Human Nutrition from Cornell University, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Kumanyika has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters and monographs related to nutritional epidemiology, obesity and minority health. She is Director of an NIH-funded Project EXPORT Center of Excellence whose focus is on research, outreach and training to reduce obesity and related health disparities. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Panel on Obesity Prevention in Children and Youth, currently serves on the NIH Clinical Obesity Research Panel and since 1996 has chaired the Prevention Group of the International Obesity Task Force. Her other professional activities include serving on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association and Chairing the Expert Panel on Prevention and Population Sciences of the American Heart Association.

Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D., is Chair, Department of Community Health Professor of Epidemiology, St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO. He was formerly a Division Director with the Missouri Department of Health. Her received his Ph.D. in environmental health and epidemiology at Colorado State University. Dr. Brownson is a chronic disease epidemiologist whose research has focused on tobacco use prevention, promotion of physical activity, evaluation of community-level interventions. He is the principal investigator for a C-funded Prevention Research Center—a 5-year, multi-million dollar project aimed at developing innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention in high-risk rural communities. Dr. Brownson is currently conducting an NIH-funded diabetes prevention study, is developing and testing effective dissemination strategies designed to increase rates of physical activity among adults, or the CDC, and is studying the environmental characteristics of activity-friendly communities. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Obesity Prevention in Children and Youth. Dr. Brownson has extensive experience in the teaching and practice of public health. He is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, a former member of the 15-person CDC Task Force developing the Guide to Community Preventive Services and is also the editor or author of the books: Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Community-Based Prevention. Dr. Brownson is active in numerous professional associations, including the American Public Health Association and the Missouri Public Health Association.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"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. … 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." (Dale A. Schoeller, Doody’s Review Service, January 2008)

"Providing an overview of the public health perspective on obesity, the collection can serve as a companion piece to handbooks of obesity therapy ...This is an excellent and useful volume surveying the public health perspective on obesity. It maps out the issues confronting health care professionals who aim to prevent and reduce the prevalence of obesity." (Ann F. La Berge, PhD, JAMA, June 2008)

"The layout of the book is unique. Editing into sections and parts, Kumanyika and Brownson have grouped chapters by reciprocally influential themes that perpetuate obesity. From various philosophical and research design approaches, well-respected authors in their respective disciplines explore aspects of … obesity and/or obstruct pragmatic remediation of it. … The scope of the text is ambitious. The distinct sectors, for which a multitude of diverse ideas and supporting data are compiled, are extensive. … The authors write for both the researcher and clinician reader." (Maria M. Sanzone, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (30), 2008)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Why Obesity Prevention?

    Shiriki Kumanyika, Ross C. Brownson

    Pages 1-23

  • Descriptive Epidemiology of Obesity in the United States

    Youfa Wang, Shiriki Kumanyika

    Pages 45-71

  • Costs of Obesity

    Graham A. Colditz, Cynthia Stein

    Pages 73-83

  • The Role of Government in Preventing Obesity

    Debra Haire-Joshu, Christopher Fleming, Rebecca Schermbeck

    Pages 129-170

  • Planning and the Built Environment:Implications for Obesity Prevention

    Susan Handy, Kelly Clifton

    Pages 171-192

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-47859-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-4299-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Obesity Prevention
Book Subtitle
A Resource for Health Professionals
Editors
  • Shiriki Kumanyika
  • Ross Brownson
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-47860-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-47860-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-47859-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4299-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 538
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