This volume highlights recent research findings which elucidate the
biological and behavioral underpinnings of childhood obesity. The
book is divided into four sections: Perspectives, Determinants,
Prevention, and Treatment. Topics include the social and
psychological factors that comprise the obese child's world; eating
patterns early in life and their influence on adiposity later in
development; two types of opoid peptides, their respective receptor
sites, and the effects they produce when released; putative
relationships between food preferences and obesity; relationships
between inactivity and obesity; design and implementation of
school-based programs to prevent obesity in school children;
medical care to the obese child and family; metabolic factors of
dieting; the role of parental and family influences in childhood
obesity; and treatment intervention. The book is a must for
advanced graduate students and practitioners in medicine and
psychology dealing with child health. It is an invaluable reference
for clinicians and researchers alike.
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