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Can the Obesity Crisis Be Reversed?

Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD

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How can we work together to understand the rise of obesity and reverse its related diseases and societal impacts?

Obesity is a complex condition that increases a person's risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and other life-threatening conditions. Contrary to prevailing notions that it results solely from a person's diet and exercise failings, a predisposition to obesity is actually determined by genetics as well as by environmental and socioeconomic factors that lie beyond individual control.

In Can the Obesity Crisis Be Reversed?, Dr. Rexford Ahima draws on his…

How can we work together to understand the rise of obesity and reverse its related diseases and societal impacts?

Obesity is a complex condition that increases a person's risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and other life-threatening conditions. Contrary to prevailing notions that it results solely from a person's diet and exercise failings, a predisposition to obesity is actually determined by genetics as well as by environmental and socioeconomic factors that lie beyond individual control.

In Can the Obesity Crisis Be Reversed?, Dr. Rexford Ahima draws on his extensive laboratory and clinical experiences at top institutions to examine the complicated causes of obesity, as well as the most cutting-edge approaches for prevention and treatment. Ahima looks at how the rising trends of obesity and associated diseases are driving up health care costs. He also offers insight into the widespread suffering that obesity imposes and its disproportionate impacts in minority and underserved communities.

Calling for greater societal and community engagement in stemming the obesity crisis, Ahima argues that there is an urgent need to promote healthier foods and environmental infrastructure as well as formal programs that reduce obesity. By understanding and applying fundamental knowledge, Can the Obesity Crisis Be Reversed? makes a convincing case that all of us, working individually and collectively, can help to reverse the obesity crisis.

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• Provides information on the biological pathways that control eating and metabolism
• Explains genetic and environmental bases of obesity
• Reviews the contributions of diet and physical activity to weight gain while speaking to the folly and dangers of individual blame
• Offers practical recommendations for healthy diets, exercise, and lifestyle
• Discusses current medical and surgical treatments of obesity
• Examines comprehensive societal strategies for obesity prevention

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Dr. Ahima provides a rich, descriptive reading experience from the lab to the clinic and finally the food and built environment, shedding light on the complexities of obesity. His experience shines through in this update on treatment approaches and helpful strategies for those dealing with the chronic disease of obesity.

An appealing, easy-to-read, and balanced discussion of the disease of obesity, the drivers that influence it, and what can be done about it. The reader will come away with a much more informed view of obesity and a deeper understanding of the struggle faced by those suffering from it.

Dr. Ahima provides a rich, descriptive reading experience from the lab to the clinic and finally the food and built environment, shedding light on the complexities of obesity. His experience shines through in this update on treatment approaches and helpful strategies for those dealing with the chronic disease of obesity.

Ahima provides a jargon-free, even-handed understanding of the complex interactions of biology, environment, and socioeconomics in the etiology of obesity for students and researchers. He encourages individuals with obesity through an emphasis on the biological basis for these problems and offers scientific and public policy contexts for their ultimate solution.

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208
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9781421442716
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. How Do People Gain Excess Weight?
2. Why Are People Getting Heavier?
3. What Are the Consequences of Obesity?
4. What Are the Best Ways to Lose Weight?
5. How to Reverse the Obesity

Preface
Introduction
1. How Do People Gain Excess Weight?
2. Why Are People Getting Heavier?
3. What Are the Consequences of Obesity?
4. What Are the Best Ways to Lose Weight?
5. How to Reverse the Obesity Crisis
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Appendix: Obesity Organizations and Resources

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Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD
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Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD

Rexford Ahima, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, the director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes at the Johns Hopkins University, and the leader of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Initiative. Dr. Ahima’s interdisciplinary work contributes to research, education, policies, and practices in weight...