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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Although recognised clinically for some time as an important condition that
increases risk of ill-health in affected individuals, it is only recently that
obesity had been recognised as a population-wide problem that requires
preventive action. Obesity is a major contributor to diseases and disability,
the associated health costs are enormous and obesity has already reached
epidemic proportions in many countries, and incidence is continuing to increase
in children and adults. Disturbingly the epidemic is not confined to developed
countries, with many developing countries and those in transition affected.
While recognised as a major population health problem, our understanding of the
causes of the epidemic is poor, there has been relatively little
population-based research that has focused on the prevention of unhealthy
weight gain, and as a consequence knowledge regarding how and where best to
intervene is limited.
Revised and updated and now part of the From Aetiology to Public Health
series, Obesity Epidemiology provides a scholarly text that assists those
concerned with understanding prevalence and trends in obesity; its health,
social and economic consequences, the underlying causes of the obesity
epidemic, the existing evidence regarding strategies to prevent obesity, and
the potential of public health initiatives to impact on the population
prevalence of obesity. This edition not only provides a thorough update of the
material presented in the previous edition (entitled Obesity Prevention and
Public Health ), but also includes twelve new chapters that cover the
epidemiology of obesity in children and adults, and the potential of public
health approaches to its prevention.
This book will be of interest to all those working in public health and
epidemiology; health policy makers, and clinicians and health practitioners
working in the related fields of nutrition, exercise and diabetes.
About the series
By looking at public health issues from a unique condition-based approach, the
innovative From Aetiology to Public Health series examines top public health
issues from aetiology through to public health and prevention.