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Obesity in Youth: Causes, Consequences, and Cures

by Leslie J Heinberg and J Kevin Thompson American Psychological Association
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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.

The book opens by acquainting readers with key genetic influences and dietary patterns, and later chapters on treatment and prevention are written from medical and public health perspectives. But contributors focus primarily on psychological aspects of obesity such as teasing, body image, and co-morbidity with mental disorders as well as the psychosocial consequences for children, families and the larger society. This wide-ranging volume will be of great use for public and mental health professionals, as well as academics and researchers who seek a fuller understanding of the fight against childhood obesity.

I. Formative Influences: Risk for Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence
1. Biological and Genetic Influences
—Nathan Markward, Martha Markward, and Catherine Peterson
2. Early Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Dietary Patterns
—James F. Sallis, Dori Rosenberg, and Jacqueline Kerr
3. Social and Interpersonal Influences: Family, Peers, Society
—Alison E. Field and Nicole R. Kitos
II. Psychosocial, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Effects of Obesity
4. Psychosocial Consequences of Obesity and Weight Bias: Implications for Interventions
—Jess Haines and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
5. Body Image in Pediatric Obesity
—Sylvia Herbozo and J. Kevin Thompson
6. Psychological Comorbidity and Childhood Overweight
—R. Ringham, M. L. Levine, and M. D. Marcus
III. Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention
7. Assessment of Overweight Children and Adolescents
—Lindsay Varkula and Leslie J. Heinberg
8. Intervention: Strategies Designed to Affect Activity Level, Intake Patterns, and Behavior
—Myles S. Faith and Brian H. Wrotniak
9. Prevention: Changing Children's Diet and Physical Activity Patterns via Schools, Families, and the Environment
—Russell Jago, Debbe Thompson, Sharon O'Donnell, Karen Cullen, and Tom Baranowski
10. Future Directions in Pediatric Obesity
—Leslie J. Heinberg and J. Kevin Thompson

Leslie J. Heinberg, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and director of behavioral services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. She previously served as clinical director of Healthy Kids/Healthy Weight, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and intervention pediatric obesity program at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Heinberg coauthored the APA book Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance with J. Kevin Thompson and has published more than three dozen articles related to body image, eating disorders, and obesity. She has also served as a coinvestigator on six federally funded studies of obesity prevention and treatment or body image.

J. Kevin Thompson, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa. He has written, edited, or coedited five books on the topics of obesity, eating disorders, and body image: Body Image, Eating Disorders and Obesity: An Integrative Guide for Assessment and Treatment; Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance; Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth (two editions); and The Muscular Ideal.