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The Obesity Reality

A Comprehensive Approach to a Growing Problem

Naheed Ali

Although every day we read news reports linking health problems to diet and lifestyle, there remains a dearth of books on the topic that consider obesity from a variety of standpoints that include medical, personal, financial, and related considerations. The Obesity Reality discusses these viewpoints to explain how and why the problem exists both in the United States and around the world, and in men, women, children.

More than a billion people are overweight and that number is expected to increase substantially over the next decade. How can we live past 90 while being obese? How can we remain healthy until our last breath? During the last decade, doctors have been successfully applying medical principles to the search for an obesity cure. But there is no magic medication, no vaccine that can head off the obesity epidemic as sweeps across the planet. Dr. Ali discusses the realities of obesity and its repercussions, which include poor health, high medical costs, restrictions on lifestyle and activities, and more. He shows how we can address obesity, starting in childhood, to prevent it from getting worse, both on a personal and on a societal level, and how we can reverse its effects through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices as well as medical procedures and medications.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 264Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-1446-0 • Hardback • May 2012 • $42.00 • (£27.95)
978-1-4422-1447-7 • Paperback • July 2015 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
978-1-4422-1448-4 • eBook • May 2012 • $23.00 • (£15.95)
Naheed Ali, M.D., is the author of Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). He has appeared as a special guest on numerous talk shows and has been quoted in many national print magazines and TV websites across the US, including Woman’s World, Prevention, Whole Living, MSN.com, USAToday.com, and others.

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Part I:The Big Picture
1: Understanding Obesity
2: The Diagnosis
3: Causes and Symptoms
4: Treatment
5: Obesity in America
6: Worldwide Obesity

Part II: The Front Lines
7: Childhood Obesity
8: Obesity and Mental Health
9: Blame and Guilt
10: The Economics of Obesity

Part III: Keep it Up!
11: The Art of Exercise
12: Finding Motivation

Appendix A: Obesity-Related Websites
Appendix B: Research and Training
Appendix C: Obesity-Related Organizations
Appendix D: Selected Studies

Selected Bibliography
About the Author