Obesity Epidemiology: Methods and Applications

Hardcover | March 26, 2008

EditorFrank Hu

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During the past twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. An estimated thirty percent of adults in the US are obese; in 1980, only fifteen percent were. The issue is gaining greater attention with the CDC and with the public health world in general.This book will offer practical information about the methodology of epidemiologic studies of obesity, suitable for graduate students and researchers in epidemiology, and public health practitioners with an interest in the issue. The book will be structured in four main sections, with the majority of chapters authored by Dr. Hu, and some authored by specialists in specific areas. The first section will consider issues surrounding the definition of obesity, measurement techniques, and the designs of epidemiologic studies.The second section will address the consequences of obesity, looking at epidemiologic studies that focus on cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, and cancer The third section will look at determinants obesity, reviewing a wide range of risk factors for obesity including diet, physical activity andsedentary behaviors, sleep disorders, psychosocial factors, physical environment, biochemical and genetic predictors, and intrauterine exposures. In the final section, the author will discuss the analytical issues and challenges for epidemiologic studies of obesity. This book will serve as a companion volume to Walter Willett's Nutritional Epidemiology as well as I-Min Lee's Physical Activity Epidemiology (under contract).

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During the past twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. An estimated thirty percent of adults in the US are obese; in 1980, only fifteen percent were. The issue is gaining greater attention with the CDC and with the public health world in general.This book will offer practical information abou...

Frank Hu is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 10.1 × 7.3 × 1.2 inPublished:March 26, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section One: Study Designs and Measurements1. Introduction to Obesity Epidemiology2. Descriptive Epidemiology of Obesity Trends3. Analytic Epidemiologoic Study Designs in Obesity Research4. Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence and Causal Inferences in Obesity Research5. Measurement of Adiposity and Body Composition6. Dietary Assessment Methods7. Physical Activity MeasurementsSection Two: Epidemiologic Studies of Consequences of Obesity8. Metabolic Consequences of Obesity9. Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease10. Obesity and Cancer11. Obesity and Mortality12. Obesity and Health-related Quality of Life13. Economic Cost of ObesitySection Three: Epidemiologic Studies of Determinants of Obesity14. Diet and Nutrition15. Physical Activity and Weight Gain16. Sleep Deprivation17. Social Determinants of Obesity18. Metabolic and Hormonal Predictors of Obesity19. Developmental Origins of Obesity20. Childhood Predictors of Obesity21. Genetic Predictors of Obesity22. Gene-environment Interactions and Obesity

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"All three sections of the book will be valuable to researchers and cliniciansthe background information in this section may be more compelling to those new to the field. Hu proves to be an intellectually agile author, providing insight and innovation...The book is well balanced, with enough detail to satisfy researchers with substantial knowledge in specific areas of obesity research who may wish to learn more about other areas, yet written with a clarity that is basic enough for researchers new to the area of obesity...clinicians will gain from its knowledge base... Most important, the book is provocative, intellectually challenging, and sure to stimulate new ideas in the rapidly growing field of obesity research."--The New England Journal of Medicine