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Obesity Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug


Although recognized clinically for some time as an important condition that increases risk of ill-health in affected individuals, it is only recently that obesity had been recognized as a population-wide problem that requires preventive action. Obesity is a major contributor to diseases and disability, the associated health costs are enormous and obesity has already reached epidemic proportions in many countries, and incidence is continuing to increase in children and adults. Disturbingly the epidemic is not confined to developed countries, with many developing countries and those in transitio ... More

Keywords: obesity, population, diseases, disability, health costs, epidemic, weight gain, prevention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Crawford, editor
Director, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Australia

Robert W. Jeffery, editor
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, USA

Kylie Ball, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Australia


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Part 1 The epidemiology of obesity

Part 2 The drivers of the obesity epidemic

Part 3 The existing evidence regarding prevention

Part 4 Potential approaches to prevention

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