Handbook of Obesity Prevention

A Resource for Health Professionals

  • Shiriki Kumanyika
  • Ross C. Brownson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Shiriki Kumanyika, Ross C. Brownson
    Pages 1-23
  3. Robert J. Kuczmarski
    Pages 25-44
  4. Youfa Wang, Shiriki Kumanyika
    Pages 45-71
  5. Graham A. Colditz, Cynthia Stein
    Pages 73-83
  6. Shiriki Kumanyika
    Pages 85-114
  7. Kelly D. Brownell
    Pages 115-127
  8. Debra Haire-Joshu, Christopher Fleming, Rebecca Schermbeck
    Pages 129-170
  9. Brian Wansink, John C. Peters
    Pages 193-208
  10. Sarah E. Samuels, Lisa Craypo, Sally Lawrence, Elena O. Lingas, Lori Dorfman
    Pages 209-226
  11. Barry M. Popkin
    Pages 227-238
  12. Barbara L. Riley, John M. Garcia, Nancy C. Edwards
    Pages 239-261
  13. Alice S. Ammerman, Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, Janice K. Sommers, May May Leung, Amy E. Paxton, Maihan B. Vu
    Pages 263-284
  14. David L. Katz, Zubaida Faridi
    Pages 285-316
  15. Antronette K. Yancey, Nico P. Pronk, Brian L. Cole
    Pages 317-347
  16. Eileen G. Ford, Stephanie S. Vander Veur, Gary D. Foster
    Pages 349-376
  17. Myles S. Faith, Eva Epstein
    Pages 377-402
  18. Suzanne Phelan, Meghan Butryn, Rena R. Wing
    Pages 489-514
  19. Ross C. Brownson, Shiriki Kumanyika
    Pages 515-528
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 529-537

About this book


Comprehensive in scope and meticulously researched, Handbook of Obesity Prevention analyzes the intricate causes of this public health crisis, and sets out concrete, multilevel strategies for meeting it head-on. This innovative handbook starts by clearly defining obesity in clinical, epidemiologic, and financial terms. From there, expert contributors provide insights on current issues, methods, and controversies in the field, focusing on new opportunities for prevention, successful interventions and initiatives, and guidelines for planning and implementing programs and evaluating results. This systematic approach to large-scale social and policy change gives all parties involved—from individual practitioners to multinational corporations—the tools to set and attain realistic goals based on solid evidence and best practice in public health.

A sample of topics covered:

  • The individual: risk factors and prevention across the lifespan, specific populations (pregnant women, ethnic and regional groups).
  • Levers for change in schools and workplaces.
  • Prevention in health care systems: roles and resources.
  • Community settings: role of the physical environment.
  • "De-marketing" obesity: food industries and the media.
  • Grassroots action: consumers and communities.
  • The global obesity epidemic: rapid developments, potential solutions.
  • From obesity prevention to health promotion: the future of the field.

Its level of detail and wide range of topics make the Handbook of Obesity Prevention a bedrock sourcebook, overview, reference, or teaching text. Read by topic or cover to cover, here is accurate, up-to-date information for professionals and students in all areas of public health.


Disease prevention Epidemiology Obesity Prevention Prevention and Control Public Health Public health policy intervention

Editors and affiliations

  • Shiriki Kumanyika
    • 1
  • Ross C. Brownson
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphia 19104-6021
  2. 2.St. Louis University School of Public HealthUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-47859-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-47860-9
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