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Understanding Childhood Obesity

J. Clinton Smith, MD

 

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About 14% of American children over age 6 and 12% of adolescents are obese, more than twice the rate of 40 years ago. Although there are countless diet and weight-loss books on the market, few of them explain in jargon-free terms the basic factors, the body processes that can lead to childhood obesity, and the research currently underway to combat this growing health risk.

In Understanding Childhood Obesity, Dr. J. Clinton Smith gives us a comprehensive guide covering nearly every field of obesity. He explores causes and methods of control, the body's physical and chemical make-up, prevention strategies, new treatments and behavior modifications, and current research efforts.

Dr. Smith examines the genetic and environmental factors that can lead to childhood obesity. For parents, he answers the all-important question of whether an obese child needs help, and he outlines traditional diet and exercise treatments as well as aggressive medical and surgical techniques. He also introduces readers to the "continuous care and problem solving model" that has proved valuable in pediatric treatment clinics.

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Dr. J. Clinton Smith is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He has served as Medical Director to the Tennessee State Department of Health and Environment, and as Executive Director of the Division of Medicaid to the Office of the Governor, State of Mississippi.

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