Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123749956, 9780080961729

Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity

1st Edition

Current Status, Consequences and Prevention

Editors: Debasis Bagchi
eBook ISBN: 9780080961729
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123749956
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd September 2010
Page Count: 536
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Understanding the complex factors contributing to the growing childhood obesity epidemic is vital not only for the improved health of the world's future generations, but for the healthcare system. The impact of childhood obesity reaches beyond the individual family and into the public arenas of social systems and government policy and programs. Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity explores these with an approach that considers the current state of childhood obesity around the world as well as future projections, the most highly cited factors contributing to childhood obesity, what it means for the future both for children and society, and suggestions for steps to address and potentially prevent childhood obesity.

Key Features

  • This book will cover the multi-faceted factors contributing to the rapidly growing childhood obesity epidemic
  • The underlying causes and current status of rapidly growing obesity epidemic in children in the global scenario will be discussed
  • The strategies for childhood obesity prevention and treatment such as physical activity and exercise, personalized nutrition plans and school and community involvement will be presented


Nutritionists, Dieticians, Clinicians dealing with a broad range of factors that attribute to childhood obesity and health

Table of Contents


Section I: Epidemiology and Prevalence

1.Children Obesity: From a Pediatriacian’s Viewpoint

2. Salient Features on Children Obesity from the Viewpoint of Nutritionists

3. Developmental Trajectories of Weight Status in Childhood and Adolescence

4. The Measurement and Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity

5. Good Enough Parenting, Self Regulation and the Management of Weight-Related Problems

6. Nursing Perspective on Childhood Obesity

7. Contemporary Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Patterns in US Childhood Obesity

8. Prediabetes among obese youth

9. Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: An Emerging Epidemic Among Obese Youth

10. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in US Youth

Section II: Pathophysiology

11. Emerging Pathways to Child Obesity Starts from the Mother’s Womb: A Prospective View

12. The Social, Cultural and Familial Contexts Contributing to Childhood Obesity

13. Cardiovascular Risk Clustering in Obese Children

14. A Link between Maternal and Childhood Obesity

15. Is Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Obesity Linked to Child Mental Health?

16. Sleep and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

17. Cellular remodelling during the growth of the adipose tissue

18. Children Obesity, Glucose Tolerance, Ghrelin and Prader Willi Syndrome

19. Insulin Resistance and Glucose Metabolism in Childhood Obesity

20. Insulin Resistance in Pediatric Obesity – Physiological Effects and Possible Diet Treatment

21. Role of Fatty Liver Disease in Childhood Obesity

Section III: Psychological and Behavioral Factors

22. An Overview of Psychological Symptoms in Obese Children

23. Childhood obesity: Depression, anxiety and recommended therapeutic strategies

24. The Emotional Impact of Obesity on Children

25. Psychiatric Illness, Psychotropic Medication and Childhood Obesity

Section IV: Consequences

26. Childhood Obesity: Public Health Impact and Policy Responses

27. Childhood Obesity and Juvenile Diabetes

28. Bone Health in Obesity and the Cross Talk between Fat and Bone

Section V: Prevention and Treatment         

29. A Community-Level Perspective for Childhood Obesity Prevention

30. School-Based Physical Activity and Nutrition Curriculum in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

31. School-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions Show Promising Improvements in the Health and Academic Achievements among Ethnically-Diverse Young Children

32. School and Community Based Physical Education and Healthy Active Living Programs: Holistic Practices in Hong Kong. Singapore and the USA

33. Schools as Laboratories for Obesity Prevention: Proven Effective Models

34. Fitness and Fatness in Childhood Obesity: Implications of Physical Activity

35. Pharmacotherapy in Childhood Obesity

36. Beverage Interventions to Prevent Child Obesity

37. Psychotherapy as an Intervention for Child Obesity

38. Childhood obesity: Psychological correlates and recommended therapeutic strategies

39. Dietary Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

40. The Role of Arginine for Treating Obese Youth

41. Prevention of Childhood Obesity by Natural Products

Section VI: Commentary and Recommendations

42. The Role of United States’ Law to Prevent and Control Childhood Obesity

43. Childhood Obesity as an Amplifier of Societal Inequality in the United States

44. Child Obesity, Food Choice and Market Influence

45. The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity

46. Evaluation and Management of Childhood Obesity in Primary Care Settings

47. The Future Directions of Children Obesity and Clinical Management


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About the Editor

Debasis Bagchi

Debasis Bagchi

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, CNS, MAIChE, received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1982. He is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, and Chief Scientific Officer at Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, Adjunct Faculty in Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. He served as the Senior Vice President of Research & Development of InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc, Benicia, CA, from 1998 until Feb 2011, and then as Director of Innovation and Clinical Affairs, of Iovate Health Sciences, Oakville, ON, until June 2013. Dr. Bagchi received the Master of American College of Nutrition Award in October 2010. He is the Past Chairman of International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Past President of American College of Nutrition, Clearwater, FL, and Past Chair of the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL. He is serving as a Distinguished Advisor on the Japanese Institute for Health Food Standards (JIHFS), Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Bagchi is a Member of the Study Section and Peer Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. He has published 321 papers in peer reviewed journals, 30 books, and 18 patents. Dr. Bagchi is also a Member of the Society of Toxicology, Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Nutrition Research Academy, and Member of the TCE stakeholder Committee of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. He is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Functional Foods, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and the Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research, and is also serving as Editorial Board Member of numerous peer reviewed journals, including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, Cancer Letters, Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, and The Original Internist, among others.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Houston College of Pharmacy, TX, USA

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