Obesity (Health and Medical Issues Today), 2nd Edition

Obesity (Health and Medical Issues Today), 2nd Edition

English | April 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 1440858810 | 272 pages | True EPUB | 2.62 MB

This book explores what obesity is, its causes and implications for health, and the many issues and controversies surrounding it, both in the medical community and within society as a whole.

Obesity is defined as the state of having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Although it may be easy to identify what obesity is, however, identifying its causes and effects can be more challenging. Genetic, hormonal, environmental, and behavioral factors all play a role in defining our weight, and the consequences of obesity go far beyond medical complications, to include impacts on psychological well-being and social health, and how we think about and address this growing epidemic has become just as controversial as it is important.

This second edition of Obesity offers a wealth of new information and features. Coverage of genetic and hormonal causes of obesity has been greatly expanded, as has discussion of medications and surgical techniques to manage obesity. The book reflects our expanded scientific understanding of obesity and delves into medical and societal debates about weight that have emerged in recent years. Also new in this edition is a collection of case studies, each of which helps to make the topics discussed in the book more accessible to readers.

• Offers additional and updated information since the first edition, including expanded coverage of popularly contested topics such as weight loss medications and genetic contributors to obesity
• Examines key issues related to obesity, such as whether or not someone can be healthy and obese
• Highlights key ideas and debates discussed in the book through illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios
• Provides readers with a helpful Directory of Resources to guide their search for additional information

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