Handbook of Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity Treatment

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Edited by William T. O’Donohue, Brie A. Moore, Barbara J. Scott
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
340 pages. $112.50 hardcover; $62.96 paperback.

In the United States, “the percentage of overweight children has more than tripled in the last 30 years,” according to this handbook. Posing penetrating questions about economics, biology and human nature that affect childhood obesity, the editors urge health professionals to address this “worldwide public health crisis” by helping families find solutions, such as preparing meals with fresh foods. Essays by 35 international experts are organized in four sections: sociocultural effects on diagnosis, prevention and treatment; the role of social skills, parent feeding practices and behaviorism in weight control; treatment approaches; and nutrition. Contributors include psychologists, medical doctors and nurses, biologists, nutritionists, researchers and public health specialists. Practitioners in these fields will find this guide indispensable. (800) 272-7737, http://www.taylorandfrancis.com.