The truth about obesity - explained. The field of physical activity and obesity has mushroomed with new research, sparking the need for a new edition of this subject-defining book. Editors Bouchard and Katzmarzyk create a go-to resource with 89 succinct, authoritative chapters that may be used independently or as a complete text. This new second edition addresses an array of topics that explore the links between physical activity (or inactivity) and obesity. Leading scientists team up to provide an unrivaled resource, often dealing with contentious or controversial issues and never willing to skirt the issues. The nine parts of the book flow logically and address obesity in all populations, including children and adults of various backgrounds, ethnicities and social classes. An overview of the methods used in assessing the levels of sedentary behavior and physical activity is given, followed by a global view of the problem of physical inactivity and obesity. "Physical Activity and Obesity" helps readers better understand the role of physical activity in the overall energy balance equation.
The unique format, expert contributors and complete references make this resource indispensable for researchers, practitioners and students studying the ever-expanding topic of obesity as it relates to physical activity.
For more than 40 years Claude Bouchard has researched the role of physical activity on physiology, metabolism and health. He has authored or co-authored more than 1,000 scientific publications and he served as president of the International Society for the Study of Obesity from 2002 to 2006. Peter T. Katzmarzyk, is a professor and the associate executive director for Population Science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority endowed chair in nutrition.
Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. The Physical Activity and Exercise Continuum; Chapter 3. Assessing the Level of Sedentarism; Chapter 4. Assessing the Level of Physical Activity in Adults; Chapter 5. Assessing the Level of Physical Activity in Children; Chapter 6. Assessment of Obesity in Adults; Chapter 50. Socioeconomic Status and Obesity; Chapter 83. Global Policy Initiatives Related to Physical Activity and Obesity.