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June 18, 2008

Handbook of Obesity Prevention: A Resource for Health Professionals

JAMA. 2008;299(23):2797-2798. doi:10.1001/jama.299.23.2797

Even though the causes of obesity remain unknown, researchers agree that genetic and environmental factors contribute to the condition. Because this volume focuses on prevention, environmental explanations and reform proposals dominate. The editors are obesity specialists Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Ross C. Brownson, PhD, of St Louis University, both epidemiologists. Providing an overview of the public health perspective on obesity, the collection can serve as a companion piece to handbooks of obesity therapy, such as Wadden and Stunkard's Handbook of Obesity Treatment. Several contributors have articles in both volumes.

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