The obesity epidemic has spawned an unlimited array of quick-fix,
rapid weight loss plans and unproven pharmaceuticals. Dangerous
side effects and rebound weight gain has made the cure seem worse
than the syndrome itself and left people uncertain where to turn.
The only way to safely deal with the global obesity problem is to
develop strategic therapeutic interventions using safe, natural
supplements supported by credible research. With contributions from
pioneers and esteemed leaders in their respective fields Obesity:
Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention is a comprehensive
resource covering a broad range of topics associated with obesity.
Divided into eight sections, the text covers epidemiology and
pathophysiology, correlating obesity with environmental estrogens,
disordered eating, inflammatory responses, and endocrine
disruption. Contributions also address neurobiology and
neurotransmitters, leptin, ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and
molecular genetics. The book devotes several chapters to obesity
and its related degenerative diseases, drug development and
adipose-targeted drugs, and the safety of obesity drugs. An
expansive portion of the book considers natural, nutritional, and
physical approaches to weight management. Taking an evidence based
approach, it explores exercise, diet (including vegetarian and
Atkin's diets), gender differences, and caloric restriction, along
with research on a wide range of functional foods, nutraceuticals,
and natural supplements such as hydroxycitric acid, marine lipids,
tea, chitosan, calcium, polyphenolic compounds, trivalent chromium,
ephedra, and glucomannan. Special sections on the intricacies of
childhood obesity and the benefits of bariatric surgery round out
the array of information. With unparalleled depth of coverage,
Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention provides
medical professionals, nutritionists, and researchers with an
unprecedented reference for managing obesity.
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