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Obesity Prevention - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123743879, 9780080922096

Obesity Prevention

1st Edition

The Role of Brain and Society on Individual Behavior

Editors: Laurette Dube Antoine Bechara Alain Dagher Adam Drewnowski Jordan LeBel Philip James Rickey Yada
Author: Laurette Dube
eBook ISBN: 9780080922096
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743879
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th May 2010
Page Count: 832
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Over the years, approaches to obesity prevention and treatment have gone from focusing on genetic and other biological factors to exploring a diversity of diets and individual behavior modification interventions anchored primarily in the power of the mind, to the recent shift focusing on societal interventions to design "temptation-proof" physical, social, and economic environments. In spite of repeated calls to action, including those of the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic continues to progress. WHO recently projected that if the current lifestyle trend in young and adult populations around the world persist, by 2012 in countries like the USA, health care costs may amount to as much as 17.7% of the GDP. Most importantly, in large part due to the problems of obesity, those children may be the first generation ever to have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents.

Obesity Prevention presents the most current research and proposals for addressing the pandemic. Past studies have focused primarly on either genetic or behavioral causes for obesity, however today's research indicates that a strongly integrated program is the best prospect for success in overcoming obesity. Furthermore, focus on the role of society in establishing an affordable, accessible and sustainable program for implementing these lifestyle changes is vital, particularly for those in economically challenged situations, who are ultimately at the highest risk for obesity.

Using studies from both neuroscience and behavioral science to present a comprehensive overview of the challenges and possible solutions, The brain-to-society approach to obesity prevention focuses on what is needed in order to sustain a healthy, pleasurable and affordable lifestyle.

Key Features

  • Explores the "brain-to-society" approach to obesity prevention, focusing on an integrative approach to addressing the obesity pandemic
  • Presents both the nueroscientific and the behavioral factors that impact eating habits
  • Identifies the challenges and suggests solutions for altering attitudes toward food on both an individual and a societal level


Researchers and practitioners in industry and academia who seek to understand and address the underlying causes of obesity and to develop preventative behaviors and environments. Those studying obesity prevention approach it with a variety of background experience including those in: Nutrition, Dietetics, Epidemiology
Neuroscience. Behavioral scientists and sociologists seeking to establish new behavioral patterns for both individuals and societal communities.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Handbook Overview: A Brain-to-Society Model of Choice and a Whole-of-Society Approach to Obesity Prevention; Part 1: From Brain to Behavior; A. Energy is Delight: Sensory and Reward Systems; B. Executive Control Systems and the Challenges They Face in the Modern World of Plenty; C. Biological Systems that Favor a Positive Energy Balance and Body Weight Increase in a World of Plently; D. Integrative and Multi-Level Models of Eating and of Energy and Body Weight Regulation; E. Individual-Level Interventions to Tap into Appropriate Brain Systems for Sustainable Behavioral Change; Part 2: From Society to Behavior: Policy and Action; A. Economy as a Core Society System Shaping Policy and Action that Determine Behavior; B. Needs and Challenges in Policy and Action to Prevent Obesity; C. Policy and Action to Shift the Drivers of Food Supply and Demand of Agriculture and the Agri-Food Value Chains in a Healthy Direction; D. Policy and Action for Creating Families, Schools, Communities and Social Networks that Support Individual Healthy Choice; E. Challenges and Possibilities for Policy and Action in Reducing the Social and Economic Growth in Health, Lifestyle and Obesity; F. Challenges and Possibilities for Broad Systems Approach to Policy and Action; Conclusion: Ways Forward for a Whole-of-Society Approach to Obesity Prevention: Promoting a Healthy, Pleasurable Lifestyle that is Biologically, Culturally, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable


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About the Editors

Laurette Dube

Affiliations and Expertise

MCGill Health Challenges Think Tank

Antoine Bechara

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California

Alain Dagher

Affiliations and Expertise

McGill University

Adam Drewnowski

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington

Jordan LeBel

Affiliations and Expertise

Concordia University

Philip James

Affiliations and Expertise

International Obesity Taskforce

Rickey Yada

Affiliations and Expertise

Advanced Foods and Materials Network, Network of Centers of Excellence and University of Guelph

About the Author

Laurette Dube

Affiliations and Expertise

MCGill Health Challenges Think Tank

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