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Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Prevalence and Etiology

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: December 2013 - Volume 45 - Issue 12 - p 2387
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000175
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This book brings a global focus to obesity in children and adolescents, a very important topic as the obesity problem reaches pandemic proportions.


The purpose of this study was, first, to give a global overview of the obesity pandemic and, second, to focus on the causes and mechanisms of obesity so that preventive measures might be addressed.


The book has appeal for a broad audience, which includes both biology and epidemiology students as well as medical students and practitioners.


It provides a worldwide description of obesity, as it relates to children and adolescents, and an up-to-date ecological perspective of the obesity problem. It covers risk factors that affect weight gain and provides causal pathways. The sections of the book that cover worldwide obesity problems are excellent. The color graphs are superb and break up the text in a way that focuses readers’ attention. It would be even better if all the graphs were in color.


This is the first book that I have seen that focuses on obesity in children and adolescents. It is excellent and provides a great deal of value to the field.


Reviewer: Linda Snetselaar, PhD, RD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)

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