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Obesity Handbook & Resource Guide

This brand new title is designed to bring together necessary and valuable information for the millions of individuals and their families who are suffering from and affected by obesity. This resource provides easy-to-understand and helpful information about obesity as a disease and connects readers to many sources of support.

This comprehensive work comes at a time when the American Heart Association's decision to designate obesity a disease is still debated. Some experts say that obesity as a disease invalidates the importance of discipline, proper nutrition, and exercise. Others say obesity as a disease enables research, treatment, and resources for weight loss. Obesity Handbook & Resource Guide combines valuable education material, national and state statistics, as well as discussions about prevention, and treatment. In addition, it offers detailed chapters on a number of diseases that obesity puts you at risk for.  

Section One: Studies & Statistics About Obesity

A robust, colorful section of more than 300 pages includes detailed reports, maps, graphs and tables from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Coverage is current, comprehensive, and includes the following categories:

  • Obesity Trends
  • Nutrition & Obesity
  • Physical Activity & Obesity
  • Obesity Percentage Maps -- U.S., State, and City
  • Prevalence of Obesity by Gender, Age, Race & Ethnicity
  • Treatment for Obesity Disease
  • Relationship of Obesity & Other Health Conditions

Section Two: Health Conditions Linked to Obesity

This section includes more than 12 broad chapters, each covering a different health condition linked to being overweight and obese, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, certain types of cancer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, mental illness, body pain and difficulty with physical functioning. Each chapter begins with a concise description of the condition and goes on to include a variety of resources for patients, their families and caregivers. Specific categories include; National Agencies & Associations; State Agencies & Associations; Foundations & Research Centers; Support Groups & Hotlines; Magazines; and Websites.

Section Three: Treatments for Obesity, Including Pharmaceuticals

Section Four: Appendixes

  • Glossary includes more than 100 terms that are both included in this work and ones that the reader might come across in his or her own research of obesity.
  • Entry Index lists all directory entries alphabetically.
  • Geographic Index organizes listings alphabetically by state.

Two Free Years of Online Access

In addition to the print directory, Obesity Disease Handbook & Resource Guide includes two years of free online access to G.O.L.D., Grey House OnLine Databases. This gives you immediate access to the most valuable in-depth information on the many causes of these conditions, early warning signs, diagnosis, treatment options, advice for caretakers, preventative therapy, and support. G.O.L.D. also offers easy-to-use keyword searches, organization type and subject searches, hotlinks to web sites and emails, and so much more. Call 800-562-2139 for a free trial or visit for more information.

The Obesity Disease Handbook & Resource Guide is a necessary reference for public and academic libraries, as well as health care and senior center collections, providing information crucial to sufferers of cardiovascular disease, their broader support network, caseworkers, social workers, and other health care providers.