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Obesity Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug


Although recognized clinically for some time as an important condition that increases risk of ill-health in affected individuals, it is only recently that obesity had been recognized as a population-wide problem that requires preventive action. Obesity is a major contributor to diseases and disability, the associated health costs are enormous and obesity has already reached epidemic proportions in many countries, and incidence is continuing to increase in children and adults. Disturbingly the epidemic is not confined to developed countries, with many developing countries and those in transitio ... More

Keywords: obesity, population, diseases, disability, health costs, epidemic, weight gain, prevention

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Crawford, editor
Director, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Australia

Robert W. Jeffery, editor
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, USA

Kylie Ball, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Australia

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Part 1 The epidemiology of obesity

Chapter 3 Physical health consequences of child and adolescent obesity

John J. Reilly, Kerry-Anne Houston-Callaghan, Zoe Donaghey, and Shaza Hammed

Chapter 6 Health economic burden of obesity – an international perspective

Falk Müller-Riemenschneider, Thomas Reinhold, Adrian von Schulzendorff, and Stefan N. Willich

Part 2 The drivers of the obesity epidemic

Part 3 The existing evidence regarding prevention

Chapter 13 Population approaches to obesity prevention

Jennifer A. Linde and Robert W. Jeffery

Part 4 Potential approaches to prevention

Chapter 16 Drawing possible lessons for obesity prevention and control from the tobacco-control experience1

Shawna L. Mercer, Laura K. Khan, Lawrence W. Green, Abby C. Rosenthal, Rose Nathan, Corinne G. Husten, and William H. Dietz

Chapter 17 The role of parents in preventing child overweight and obesity: An ecological approach

Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, and Kirsten Krahnstoever Davison

Chapter 21 Can fiscal approaches help to reduce obesity risk?

Eric A. Finkelstein and Thomas J. Hoerger

Chapter 24 The food and beverage industry’s efforts regarding obesity prevention

Zoe Feldman, Dondeena G. Bradley, and Danielle Greenberg

Chapter 25 The need for courageous action to prevent obesity

Marlene B. Schwartz and Kelly D. Brownell

Chapter 26 Conclusion: Obesity and its prevention in the 21st century

David Crawford, Kylie Ball, Robert W. Jeffery, and Johannes Brug

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