The Obesity Epidemic and Its Management: A Textbook for Primary Healthcare Professionals on the Understanding, Management and Treatment of Obesity

the-obesity-epidemic-and-its-management-a-textbook-for-primary-healthcare-professionals-on-the-understanding-management-and-treatment-of-obesityBook Reviews: Obesity is a highly visible public health problem. The authors see it on the high streets, in the shopping malls and in the restaurants and, as the numbers in the population classified as overweight or obese become more common, The authors sadly seem to be getting immune to it. But becoming immune cannot be a solution; complacency will only serve to further increase the costs of too many people carrying too many pounds of unnecessary body fat for too many years of their lives.

For developed nations, and for many developing nations too, obesity and its consequences are possibly the biggest public health problem they face as The authors reach the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Cigarette smoking still remains a significant cost to health but obesity is quickly outpacing smoking as the number one cause of morbidity and mortality; in addition it proves to be a considerable resource burden on already overstretched healthcare systems. In 40 years time if nothing is done, and the 20% of the population who are now obese turn into 50% of the population, then the consequences will indeed be dire as our healthcare systems, as currently constituted, will simply become bankrupt trying to cope.

This book is aimed at the primary healthcare worker: the pharmacist, the general practitioner and the practice or community nurse, and is designed to provide a basic understanding of the problem and why it has become such a major public health crisis over the past 30 years. Once The authors have stated the problem in Part 1, in Part 2 The authors consider some solutions. This understanding The authors hope will provide those working in primary care to support the patients and clients with whom they have day-to-day professional contact so that advice can be given that will allow individuals to make better choices in the foods they eat and the level of exercise they take. disease risk. For some, simple lifestyle changes will be insufficient and therefore The authors consider other proven options such as pharmacotherapy and surgery. The authors also consider the complex and often confusing area of fad diets science but for which people are willing to pay a high price.

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Bibliographical Data of The Obesity Epidemic and Its Management: A Textbook for Primary Healthcare Professionals on the Understanding, Management and Treatment of Obesity 1st Ed

Reference Type: Book
Record Number: XX
Author: Terry Maguire, David W. Haslam
Year: 2010
Place Published: London, UK
Publisher: Pharmaceutical Pr
Number of Pages: 288
Edition: 1
ISBN -10: 0853697868
ISBN-13: 978-0853697862
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