Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity

Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity

2nd Edition - November 26, 2018

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  • Editor: Ronald Watson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137819
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160930

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Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity, Second Edition focuses on the important role that exercise, dietary changes and foods play in promoting and reducing visceral fat. Nutritionists, dieticians and healthcare providers seeking to address the abdominal obesity epidemic will find this book to be a valuable resource in their long-term goal of preventing chronic diseases, especially heart, vascular and diabetic diseases. Chapters define a range of dietary approaches to reduce risk for the associated chronic diseases. In addition, discussions of the importance of dietary approaches to reduce abdominal obesity, along with clinical approaches, are discussed, including costs and risks.

Key Features

  • Serves as a starting point for in-depth discussions in academic settings that will lead to revised and updated treatment options
  • Offers detailed, well-documented reviews outlining the various dietary approaches to visceral obesity with their benefits and failures
  • Includes updated research on the gut microbiome, FGF 21 and dietary foods and supplements


Academic, government, and corporate researchers in nutrition, diet, and endocrinology; graduate students in nutrition, epidemiology and public health; and practicing nutritionists, dietitians, and endocrinologists

Table of Contents

  • Section I. Overview of Obesity and Population Studies
    1. Sleep, Abdominal Obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome
    2. The new anthropometrics and abdominal obesity: a body shape index, hip index, and anthropometric risk index
    3. Comparing measures of obesity: waist circumference, Waist-hip and waist-height ratios
    4. Abdominal Obesity and the Interaction between Adipocytes and Osteoblasts
    5. Pharmacologic Agents Chapter for Abdominal Obesity
    6. Sleeve Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity: Technique and Outcomes
    7. Comparing Measures of Obesity: Waist Circumference, waist-hip and waist-height ratios
    8. Abdominal obesity in children: the role of physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep time
    9. The concept of a web-based calculator for supporting waist circumference interpretation among pediatric patients
    10. Remission of metabolic syndrome after sleeve gastrectomy
    11. Nutrients and Obesity
    12. The role of physical activity in adult obesity
    Section II. Mechanisms of Obesity
    13. Fibroblast growth factor 21 as a regulator of energy metabolism in the liver and adipose tissue
    14. Genetics of Central Obesity and Body Fat
    15. Stress-Induced Eating Dampens Physiological and Behavioral Stress Responses
    16. An emerging role of angiotensin receptor binding protein ATRAP as a possible novel player in pathophysiology of visceral obesity and metabolic disorders
    17. Ethnicity and Cut-Off Values in Obesity
    Section III. Role of Dietary Supplements in Obesity
    18. Regulation of the Energy balance
    19. Using Psyllium to Prevent and Treat Obesity Comorbidities
    20. Dairy Whey Proteins and Obesity
    Section IV. Foods and Macronutrients in Obesity
    21. The Mediterranean diet: what it is and its effect on abdominal obesity
    22. International aspects: Abdominal obesity in Greece
    23. Artificial sweeteners: implications for weight loss in obesity
    24. Coffee Intake and Obesity
    Section V. Micronutrients and Dietary Components in Obesity 
    25. Conjugated linoleic acid in human health: Effects on weight control
    26. Serum magnesium and abdominal obesity and its consequences
    27. Integrative Health and Medicine: Dietary supplements and modalities for the treatment of obesity
    28. Anthocyanins: What They Are and How They Relate to Obesity Prevention
    29. The Positive Effects of Olive Oil Towards Lipotoxicity and Obesity
    30. Effects of diet-induced early-stage obesity on a low-testosterone Gottingen minipig
    31. The Effects of Fiber on Visceral Fat
    32. Carotenoids as Nutraceutical Therapy for Visceral Obesity
    33. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) as a Bariatric Procedure

Product details

  • No. of pages: 522
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: November 26, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137819
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160930

About the Editor

Ronald Watson

Ronald Watson
Ronald Ross Watson, PhD, is Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Watson began his research in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Fellow in 1971 doing field work on vaccines in Saudi Arabia. He has done clinical studies in Colombia, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States which provides a broad international view of public health. He has served in the military reserve hospital for 17 years with extensive training in medical responses to disasters as the chief biochemistry officer of a general hospital, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies. Dr. Watson’s career has involved studying many lifestyle aspects for their uses in health promotion. He has edited over 100 biomedical reference books and 450 papers and chapters. His teaching and research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs of abuse in heart function and disease in mouse models.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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