Obesity in Youth: Causes, Consequences, and Cures

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Rates of obesity in youth have tripled in the past 20 years. Today it is estimated that over twenty percent of American children and adolescents are overweight. This emerging epidemic has stimulated a great deal of new research into the formative influences and the interpersonal, social and psychological effects of obesity on children. In this thorough and incisive book, editors Leslie Heinberg and J. Kevin Thompson have employed an august group of researchers to describe these trends and to discuss their implications for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of obesity in youth. 

Learning Objectives
  • Summarize research findings on genetic and biological influences in the development of obesity among children and adolescents.
  • Explain the social and developmental influences of physical activity and eating habits for children and adolescents.
  • Describe the influence of the “toxic environment” and the media, alterations in school environment, and socio-historical changes in dietary patterns on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and eating patterns.
  • Describe the common psychosocial stressors and consequences of weight bias to which overweight and obese children may be exposed.
  • Summarize the literature on the co-occurrence of mental health disorders and overweight or obesity.
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