The pandemic of obesity in the majority of countries of the
world has become a major health problem: obesity leads to a number of serious
diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension,
stroke, cancer, psychological problems and a poor quality of life. Obesity
affects almost every branch of medicine and clinical practice and this puts a
huge strain on healthcare provision.
has been written specifically for non-specialists (GPs, junior doctors and
medical students) who increasingly need to treat obese patients. The book begins with an overview of the causes
of obesity, the mechanisms that lead to individuals becoming obese and the
health issues associated with being obese. Later chapters discuss how obesity
can be managed, including advanced pharmacotherapy options and surgery.
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1 Fat's the issue 2 Basics of digestion, absorption and metabolism 3 What makes us eat and how do we control it? 4 Disorders of metabolism 5 Diets and exercise 6 Genetics of obesity 7 Childhood obesity 8 Secondary obesity 9 Medical management of obesity 10 Bariatric surgery Index