- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Short Contents
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- The Intellectual Roots of Health Psychology
- A History of the Development of Health Psychology
- Measurement in Health Psychology Research
- Designing and Conducting Interventions to Enhance Physical and Mental Health Outcomes
- Uncertainty, Variability, and Resource Allocation in the Health Care Decision Process
- The Brain, Homeostasis, and Health: Balancing Demands of the Internal and External Milieu
- Stress, Coping, and Health
- Social Support: A Review
- Personality, Disease, and Self-healing
- Adjustment to Chronic Disease: Progress and Promise in Research
- Social Comparison Processes: Implications for Physical Health
- Health and Illness Perceptions
- Physician–Patient Communication
- Aging and Health
- Chronic Pain: Closing the Gap Between Evidence and Practice
- Coping with Cancer
- Expressive Writing: Connections to Physical and Mental Health
- Beyond the Myths of Coping with Loss: Prevailing Assumptions Versus Scientific Evidence
- Family Consultation for Couples Coping with Health Problems: A Social Cybernetic Approach
- Childhood Health and Chronic Illness
- Health Behavior Change
- Advancing Health Behavior Theory: The Interplay Among Theories of Health Behavior, Empirical Modeling of Health Behavior, and Behavioral Interventions
- The Perception of Health Risks
- Physical Activity and Health: Current Research Trends and Critical Issues
- Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders
- Dispositional Optimism, Psychophysiology, and Health
- Community Health
- Latino Health
- Two Decades of Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Implications for Health
- Asian Meditation and Health
- Health and Social Relationships in Nonhuman Primates: Toward a Comparative Health Psychology
- Conclusion: The Achievements and Promise of Health Psychology
Abstract and Keywords
The prevalence of obesity has increased in recent years and is now considered a global epidemic. Due to the serious health and economic impacts of weight gain, an understanding of the consequences and causes of obesity is necessary in order to develop effective weight management strategies and implement weight loss programs. The objective of this chapter is to review the epidemiology, implications, etiology, and treatment of adult obesity. Obesity prevalence and trends, the health and economic implications of obesity, environmental and genetic determinants of obesity, benefits of weight loss treatment and treatment goals, obesity assessment, lifestyle, behavioral, and medical obesity treatment, and weight loss maintenance will be discussed.
Emily L. Van Walleghen is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
Betsy A. Steeves is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
Hollie A. Raynor is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
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