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Pediatric Obesity

Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment

  • Michael Freemark
  • Provides an evidence-based, comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood obesity and its co-morbidities

  • A unique resource for those who care for obese children and their families

  • Well-written by international leaders in the field


Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Obesity Epidemic: A Global Perspective

  3. The Neuroendocrine Perspective: The Control of Appetite and Energy Expenditure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Robert H. Lustig
      Pages 15-32
  4. The Genetics of Childhood Obesity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. David Meyre, Philippe Froguel
      Pages 35-45
    3. Andrea M. Haqq
      Pages 47-64
    4. Anke Hinney, Johannes Hebebrand
      Pages 65-73
    5. Jaime Haidet, Cem Demirci, Silva A. Arslanian
      Pages 75-89
  5. Pre- and Perinatal Determinants of Childhood Obesity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Katherine J. Wojcik, Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis
      Pages 93-102
    3. Ken K. Ong
      Pages 103-112
    4. Dana Dabelea
      Pages 113-122
  6. The Roles of Diet and Energy Expenditure in Obesity Pathogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Laura Johnson, Susan Jebb
      Pages 125-135
    3. Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, James A. Levine
      Pages 137-151
  7. Metabolic Complications of Childhood Obesity

About this book


Childhood obesity and its co-morbidities -- including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, sleep apnea, and fatty liver disease -- have seen striking increases in recent years. Despite a wealth of investigation, there is considerable controversy regarding the etiology of childhood obesity and the optimal approaches for prevention and treatment. Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment addresses the controversy with a range of features that make it a unique resource for those who care for obese children and their families. Written from a perspective that is international in scope, the distinguished authors re-assess the roles of genetic and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of childhood obesity and critically review new studies of the effects of lifestyle, pharmacologic, and surgical interventions. The evidence-based approach of Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment provides a comprehensive and invaluable guide for all healthcare providers concerned with the evaluation and care of children with nutritional and metabolic disease and with the societal implications of the obesity epidemic.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Freemark
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, and DiabetesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pediatric Obesity
  • Book Subtitle Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment
  • Editors Michael Freemark
  • Series Title Contemporary Endocrinology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Endocrinology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60327-873-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61779-698-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-60327-874-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 487
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pediatrics
    General Practice / Family Medicine
    Internal Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

“This multiauthor volume reviews in 10 parts the overall problems of childhood obesity … . An updated and highly referenced review of interest to any pediatrician.” (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews (PER), Vol. 8 (3), March, 2011)

“This comprehensive book on pediatric obesity includes novel topics such as the effect of maternal obesity on children (before and after birth) and the relationship between sleep (short sleep duration and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea) and obesity. … The book is designed for practicing endocrinologists, general pediatricians, bariatric medicine physicians, and nutritionists who manage or would like to manage pediatric obesity. It also could be of some interest to bariatric medicine providers involved in teaching.” (Silvana Pannain, Doody’s Book Reviews, December, 2010)

“With the occurrence of world-wide obesity becoming an international epidemic along with its complications of type II diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, sleep apnea, and fatty liver disease, the comprehensive therapist must clearly become aware of it along with politicians, environmentalists, social planners, fast-food marketers, and many others. This new book can help them all. … This excellent textbook begins with a global perspective and continues through etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment – including bariatric surgery which may … extreme to many leaders.” (William H. Wehrmacher and Harry Messmore, Comprehensive Therapy, November, 2010)