Understanding Childhood Obesity

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Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Jim Joransen, David Braden, Makram Ebeid, and Charlie Gaymes, my colleagues in the Division of Cardiology of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for allowing me time to write this book. Only through their support has the Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic become a reality. I am also appreciative of the physicians, nurses, and dietitians who have made referrals to our clinics. Without the support of the Mississippi State Department of Health, our clinics could not have met in various communities across the state, and families would have been unable to obtain assistance.

I would also like to thank the editor of the Understanding Health and Sickness Series, Dr. Miriam Bloom, for her patient efforts. In spite of her many other activities in the community and around the state, she always found time to scrutinize drafts of this book. Her suggestions were consistently on target, and she helped me translate the scientific jargon into everyday language (I take full responsibility for any lapses in this regard).

Two other individuals were extremely helpful in the book's preparation. Dr. Richard Troiano of the National Center for Health Statistics graciously provided me with unpublished data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III concerning overweight and obesity among children. Dr. Harold White, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, reviewed the material on digestion and energy and made invaluable comments and suggestions.

Most of all, I am indebted to Lois, my wife of thirty years, for her unconditional love and her even temperament. She always makes it easy for me to do what I need to do.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Understanding Childhood Obesity 1
  • 1. - Why is Obesity an Important Health Problem in America? 3
  • 2. - Who is Obese, and How Do We Know? 17
  • 3. - How Our Bodies Obtain Energy 33
  • 4. - Obesity: a Disorder of Energy 50
  • 5. - Some Factors That May Determine Obesity 64
  • 6. - What Can Be Done to Prevent Childhood Obesity? 81
  • 7. - If Prevention Doesn't Work 99
  • 8. - The Great Beyond: New Frontiers in the Treatment of Obesity 122
  • Notes 131
  • Glossary 135
  • References 140
  • Index 149
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