Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence, 2nd Edition

by H. Dele Davies, MD, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD, and Kami J. Silk, PhD, Editors
Foreword by Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP


The World Health Organization has declared a "global epidemic" of childhood and adolescent obesity, with an estimated 4.5 million obese children and adolescents living in the United States.

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November 2018


Pages 533
Volumes 2
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine
  Psychology/Child and Teen

This updated edition of the groundbreaking first edition identifies changes in U.S. children and adolescents' obesity levels within the past decade, examining factors contributing to obesity in this younger generation as well as possible solutions.

This comprehensive review of obesity in childhood and adolescence describes the many factors that contribute to obesity, how to prevent it, and how to manage it in those who already experience its effects. Written by specialists in biological, psychological, social, and behavioral fields, these volumes take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, offering readers a broad understanding of the systemic complexity of obesity from a public health perspective.

The public must be aware of the deep and extensive roots of the problem in order to make informed decisions about policies related to school and nutritional practices, health care costs, and more. Factors contributing to obesity in children and adolescents range from obvious ones such as quantity of food consumed and amount of physical exercise undertaken to how friendly the neighborhood environment is for outdoor activities and the affordability of nutritional foods such as fruits and vegetables. With the information in these volumes, readers will feel empowered to help their clients, families, and communities.


  • Progressively reveals the systemic complexity of obesity
  • Offers multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives of obesity, to include disciplines such as medicine, psychology, geography, sociology, social work, civic engineering, education, and kinesiology
  • Raises clear ethical and moral implications of individual and societal practices
  • Links obesity to income and social disparities
  • Details the effects of obesity on academic achievement, self-esteem, health, and lifespan
Author Info

H. Dele Davies, MD, is professor of pediatrics and public health, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, and dean of graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With a strong research interest in infectious diseases and childhood advocacy, Davies has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters and technical reports. He has been consistently recognized annually since 2006 as a member of the Best Doctors of America and is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Pediatric Research, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honors Society.

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD, is university distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and associate provost for university outreach and engagement at Michigan State University. His main areas of research include infant and family development in community contexts and the impact of fathers on early child development. He is a member of the Native Children's Research Exchange and of the Tribal Research Center for American Indian/Alaska Native Early Childhood Education. He has published more than 400 journal articles, chapters, books, and technical reports and is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and five divisions of the American Psychological Association.

Kami J. Silk, PhD, is senior associate dean for research in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Communication and AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. Her primary area of research is health communication. She is particularly interested in developing health messages that are evidence based as well as culturally sensitive. Silk has engaged in research across a wide range of health contexts, from infant feeding and evaluation of nutritional programs to biotechnology and suicide prevention. She has led multiple NIH research projects and published more than 100 journal articles, chapters, and technical reports.



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