Emily L. Van Walleghen, Betsy A. Steeves and Hollie A. Raynor

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology



The prevalence of obesity has increased in recent years and is now considered a global epidemic. Due to the serious health and economic impacts of weight gain, an understanding of the consequences and causes of obesity is necessary in order to develop effective weight management strategies and implement weight loss programs. The objective of this chapter is to review the epidemiology, implications, etiology, and treatment of adult obesity. Obesity prevalence and trends, the health and economic implications of obesity, environmental and genetic determinants of obesity, benefits of weight loss treatment and treatment goals, obesity assessment, lifestyle, behavioral, and medical obesity treatment, and weight loss maintenance will be discussed.

Keywords: Obesity; weight loss; weight loss maintenance; obesity consequences; obesity etiology; obesity assessment; obesity treatment

Article.  21326 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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