Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
As this theme issue of JAMA makes abundantly clear by its content
and very existence, obesity represents a health threat whose limits are nowhere
in sight. Epidemiological data prove convincingly that obesity, ever more
deeply, ever more widely, pervades the United States and the world, leaving
a wake of morbidity and misery that threatens to overwhelm the planet's health
care resources. Physicians in nearly every specialty can expect to encounter
the consequences of obesity in growing numbers of their patients. Caring for
them requires information about the causes and treatment of this unique and
lethal problem of prosperity. For physicians and other health care professionals
grappling with this 21st century challenge, Handbook of
Obesity Treatment provides a valuable resource.
O'Neil PM. Obesity. JAMA. 2003;289(14):1860-1861. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1860