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Obesity Epidemiology

Frank Hu


During the past twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. An estimated 30% of adults in the US are obese; in 1980, only 15% were. The issue is gaining greater attention with the CDC and with the public health world in general. This book offers practical information about the methodology of epidemiologic studies of obesity. The book is structured in four main sections. The first section considers issues surrounding the definition of obesity, measurement techniques, and the designs of epidemiologic studies. The second section addresses the consequences of o ... More

Keywords: epidemiologic studies, definition of obesity, measurement techniques, consequences of obesity, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, cancer, diet, physical activity, sleep disorders

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Hu, editor
Harvard School of Public Health

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Part I Study Designs and Measurements

Part II Epidemiologic Studies of Consequences of Obesity

10 Obesity and Cancer

Eugenia E. Calle

12 Obesity and Health-Related Quality of Life

Daniel Kim and Ichiro Kawachi

13 Economic Costs of Obesity

Graham A. Colditz and Y. Claire Wang

Part III Epidemiologic Studies of Determinants of Obesity

16 Sleep Deprivation and Obesity

Sanjay R. Patel and Frank B. Hu

17 Social Determinants of Obesity

Gary G. Bennett, Kathleen Y. Wolin, and Dustin T. Duncan

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