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Books, Journals, New Media
April 9, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(14):1860-1861. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1860

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.