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New for Clinicians - Helping Patients with Obesity

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 billion people are overweight and more than 300 million of those people are obese. The cause of the obesity epidemic is decreased physical activity with an increase in consumption of energy rich foods high in saturated fats and simple sugars. Obesity puts the worlds population at increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancers and stroke. A BMI greater than 25 is overweight and over 30 is considered obese.

Clinicians are struggling to help patients who are overweight and obese. The Handbook of Obesity, Third Edition has just been published by Informa Healthcare. Edited by
Drs. George Bray and Claude Bouchard, the Handbook provides in-depth information about aspects of treating and preventing obesity. Both doctors are professors at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Seventeen of the book's forty chapters are dedicated to medical management of obesity. Reviewers are calling it a "...must have resource for endocrinologists, cardiologists, internal medicine clinicians and others working in the field..."

Thank you Malingering for use of photo Cupholder/Beer Belly.
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