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Books, Journals, New Media
April 9, 2003

Child and Adolescent Obesity

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):1863. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1863

Given the global epidemic of obesity affecting both developed and developing countries, Child and Adolescent Obesity is a timely publication. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods for the development or prevention of obesity. Currently, approximately one fifth of children and adolescents in North America and Europe are overweight. The prevalence of childhood obesity is also increasing at an alarming rate in many developing countries.

This book covers all aspects of child and adolescent obesity, from epidemiology, pathophysiology, sociology, prevention, and management to recent related developments. For the most part, the book is an extended review of the related literature. The authors are an international team that has been actively involved in childhood obesity-related research. The book starts with a foreword by William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ends with a conclusion by Philip James, president of the International Obesity Task Force. The book is organized into three parts: causes, consequences, and prevention and management.