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The Origins and Consequences of Obesity (Novartis Foundation Symposia)-CIBA Foundation Symposium

  • Title: The Origins and Consequences of Obesity (Novartis Foundation Symposia)
  • Author: CIBA Foundation Symposium
  • Released: 2007-09-28
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  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0470514965
  • ISBN13: 978-0470514962
  • ASIN: 0470514965

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From the Publisher It has been estimated that 25-50% of people in most affluent societies are either obese or overweight. These disorders are the result of an imbalance between calorific intake and energy expenditure over a prolonged time period. These types of disorders are among the most common health problems in industrialized societies. Addressing these issues and offering new strategies, this thorough new study draws together contributions from interdisciplinary and international group of specialists, includes recent research on genetic influences, features discussions of epidemiological studies and covers both biological and social aspects of obesity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover It has been estimated that 25?50% of people in most affluent societies are either obese or overweight. These disorders are the result of an imbalance between caloric intake and energy expenditure over a prolonged period and their sequelae (which include diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia) are among the commonest health problems in industrialized societies. The amount of adipose tissue in an individual is physiologically controlled, with a complex homeostatic system regulating caloric intake and energy output to maintain a constant body weight. There are many questions about the components of this system, including details of their control, the communication of information on nutritional state to the CNS and the extent to which obesity is genetically determined. In so far as treatment is concerned, although much remains to be learned concerning the aetiology of obesity and its role as a predisposing factor to major diseases of the developing and the developed world, enough is known for sufferers to be offered rational advice and sympathetic help. This book brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of experts working on all aspects of the origins, consequences and treatment of obesity. Specific topics include epidemiological studies, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and peoples of the Caribbean diaspora, biological and social aspects of the problem, the role of obesity as a predisposing factor to major diseases of the developing and developed world and its treatment. pdf
 
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