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Handbook of Pediatric Obesity
Etiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention
edited by Michael I. Goran

Handbook of Pediatric Obesity examines the problem of childhood obesity at the social, behavioral, environmental, metabolic, and genetic levels.


  • Reviews biological aspects of growth and development, ethnic differences, as well as social and economic factors
  • Presents an overview of genetic aspects of obesity and how these may be expressed at different stages of the life cycle
  • Discusses the role of energy expenditure and physical activity in the regulation of body weight
  • Provides a detailed overview of the interplay between physical activity and obesity-related diseases
  • Highlights behavioral and environmental aspects such as food intake, familial patterns, and physical activity
  • Addresses community-level and school-based interventions, and dietary approaches for obesity treatment and prevention


Epidemiology of the Health and Economic Consequences of Pediatric Obesity

  • Introduction: The Scope of the Problem
  • Consequences of Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Long-Term Health Consequences of Pediatric Obesity
  • Economic Costs of Pediatric Obesity

Growth and Development

  • Growth Measurement and Assessment
  • Patterns of Growth
  • Mathematical Models for Describing Patterns of Growth
  • Significance of Growth and Maturation

Influence of Ethnicity on Obesity Related Factors in Children and Adolescents

  • Health Significance of Pediatric Obesity
  • Fatness/Adiposity
  • Fat-Free Mass
  • Fat/Adipose Tissue Distribution
  • Etiology of Ethnic Differences in Body Composition
  • Implications of Racial and Ethnic Differences in Body Composition on Obesity

An International Perspective on Pediatric Obesity

  • Global Obesity
  • Dietary Changes across the Globe

Critical Periods for Abnormal Weight Gain in Children and Adolescents

  • Determinants of Critical Periods
  • Potential Critical Periods

Genetics of Childhood Obesity

  • Intrauterine Critical Period for the Development of Obesity
  • Postnatal Critical Periods for the Development of Obesity
  • Genetic Epidemiology: Twin, Siblings, Nuclear Families, Extended Pedigree Studies
  • Monogenic Obesity
  • Syndromic Obesity
  • Genomewide Scans of Obesity in Children
  • Candidate Gene Studies in Children

Energy Expenditure and Body Composition Techniques

  • Body Composition
  • Measurement of Energy Expenditure
  • Measurement of Physical Activity

Regulation of Body Weight: Energy Expenditure and Physical Activity

  • Energy Balance
  • Energy Requirements
  • Energy Expenditure
  • Energy Expenditure in Children with Developmental Disabilities
  • Physical Activity

Endocrine Disorders Associated with Pediatric Obesity

  • Endocrine Disorders Associated with Pediatric Obesity
  • Genetic Syndromes Presenting As Endocrine Disorders That Are Associated with Obesity

Physical Activity and Adiposity in Children and Adolescents

  • Determinants of Physical Activity in Youths
  • Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Adiposity, and Health

Puberty, Insulin Resistance, and Type 2 Diabetes

  • Pubertal Insulin Resistance
  • Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
  • Contribution of Obesity to Insulin Resistance
  • Contribution of Race and Ethnicity to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents

  • Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight Children and Adolescents
  • Etiology of the Metabolic Syndrome in Childhood
  • Impact of the Metabolic Syndrome on Disease Outcomes in Childhood
  • Strategies for Screening and Treatment, of the Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents
  • Strategies for Treatment of the Metabolic Syndrome

Behavioral Aspects of Food Intake: Implications and Potential Targets for Overweight Prevention

  • Modifying Eating Behavior for Overweight Prevention: Can Small Changes Help Achieve Energy Balance
  • Effects of Food Presentation Strategies
  • Effects of Food Properties
  • Effects of Familial Feeding Styles and Meal Patterns
  • Refined Eating Traits and Their Potential Role in the Prevention of Overweight
  • Measurement Considerations and Recommendations

Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence

  • Recommendations for Children's Physical Activity
  • Overall Prevalence and General Epidemiology
  • Promoting Physical Activity in Pediatric Populations
  • Elements of Behavioral Theory: Correlates, Mediators, and Moderators
  • The Imperative of Theory
  • Four Theories for Promoting Physical Activity in Pediatric Populations
  • Hot Topics in Physical Activity Research: Individual Differences and Correlates of Physical Activity

Influence of the Built Environment on Physical Activity and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

  • Measuring the Built Environment
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Settings and Key Examples

Community-Level Influences and Interventions For Pediatric Obesity

  • Defining Community
  • Influence of Community as Examined with an Ecological Approach
  • Community Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Positively Affect Dietary Behavior in Youth

Obesity Prevention in Schools

  • Obesity Prevention Interventions
  • School-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Behavior Change Interventions
  • Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health: CATCH
  • Environmental Interventions: Food Pricing, Availability, and Promotion
  • Environmental Interventions for Physical Activity
  • Emerging Policy Initiatives for School-Based Obesity Prevention

Dietary Approaches for Obesity Treatment and Prevention in Children and Adolescents

  • Secular Trends in Children's Diets
  • Current Dietary Approaches
  • Reduced Glycemic Load Diet

Breast-Feeding and Overweight

  • Prevalence of Breast-Feeding Initiation, Exclusivity, and Duration in the United States
  • Association of Breast-feeding with Overweight in Children and Adolescents
  • Potential Mechanisms
  • Clinical and Public Health Implications


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Handbook of Pediatric Obesity
Etiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention
edited by Michael I. Goran

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