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A guide to obesity and the metabolic syndrome : origins and treatment

Author: George A Bray
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the historical record there is abundant evidence that obesity was a medical and health concern as long as medicine has been practiced. The idea of diet and exercise are bulwarks in the fight against obesity in history from the time of Hippocrates to the 16th century a span of 2,000 years. However, our scientific understanding of this problem is only a little over 200 years old. An examination of the root cause of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George A Bray
ISBN: 9781439814574 1439814570
OCLC Number: 655618975
Description: xxxiv, 370 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Origins of obesity in the scientific era : 1500 AD to the present --
Definitions, measurement, and prevalence --
Genetic, metabolic, and social origins of obesity --
Effects of obesity on health and metabolism --
Prevention, evaluation, and introduction to treatment --
Lifestyle, diet, & exercise : cognitive solutions --
Medications for obesity --
Surgery for obesity --
Post-script : obesity in the twenty first century.
Responsibility: by George A. Bray.

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In the historical record there is abundant evidence that obesity was a medical and health concern as long as medicine has been practiced. The idea of diet and exercise are bulwarks in the fight against obesity in history from the time of Hippocrates to the 16th century a span of 2,000 years. However, our scientific understanding of this problem is only a little over 200 years old. An examination of the root cause of what many consider the obesity epidemic, A Guide to Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome traces the origins and types of obesity and its treatment. The fact that we have an epidemic of obesity today that is covering the globe suggests that the strategically simple ideas of eating less and exercising more, ideas that require commitment and personal involvement by the individual, have not been very successful. As we move forward in trying to understand this problem, we need to be alert to strategies and tactics that may not require individual motivation and commitment.history has shown that they do not work well. This book supplies guidance on developing and designing novel strategic interventions against obesity and metabolic disorders.

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