Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Prevalence, Correlates, And Consequences

    1. Ric G. Steele, Timothy D. Nelson, Elissa Jelalian
      Pages 3-10
    2. Patrick Vivier, Christine Tompkins
      Pages 11-24
    3. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff
      Pages 43-59
  3. Assessment Of Pediatric Obesity And Contributing Conditions

    1. Nancy E. Sherwood
      Pages 73-89
    2. Vicky Phares, Jessica Curley, Ariz Rojas
      Pages 91-106
  4. Risk Factors For Obesity In Children And Youth

    1. David Fields, Higgins Paul
      Pages 109-126
    2. Amy A. Gorin, Melissa M. Crane
      Pages 145-161
    3. Robert Mair, Stephen T. Mcgarvey
      Pages 163-179
  5. Interventions

    1. Melissa Xanthopoulos, Chantelle Hart, Elissa Jelalian
      Pages 183-200
    2. Hollie A. Raynor
      Pages 201-220
    3. Alan M. Delamater, Jason F. Jent, Cortney T. Moine, Jessica Rios
      Pages 221-239
    4. Joan C. Han, Jack A. Yanovski
      Pages 241-260
    5. Paul J. Gately, Carlton B. Cooke
      Pages 261-278
    6. Ann Mcgrath Davis, Rochelle L. James
      Pages 279-291
  6. Prevention of Pediatric Obesity

    1. Barbara A. Dennison, Myles S. Faith
      Pages 313-330
    2. David M. Janicke, Bethany J. Sallinen, Jessica C. White Plume
      Pages 331-349
    3. Vicki L. Collie-Akers, Stephen B. Fawcett
      Pages 351-368
  7. Future Directions

    1. Patricia B. Crawford, Gail Woodward-Lopez, Suzanne Rauzon, Lorrene Ritchie, May C. Wang
      Pages 371-386
    2. Robyn S. Mehlenbeck, Yana Markov Wember
      Pages 405-424
    3. Alan Zametkin, Alanna Jacobs, Jessica Parrish
      Pages 425-443
    4. Craig A. Johnston, William T. Dalton III
      Pages 445-460
    5. Elissa Jelalian, Ric G. Steele, Chad D. Jensen
      Pages 461-469
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 471-507

About this book


Within the past two generations alone, child and adolescent obesity has more than doubled for some age groups and tripled for others. Consequently, the extraordinary number of school-age children now being diagnosed with what were once considered adult-onset disorders – hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and related cardio-pulmonary conditions – has catapulted pediatric obesity to the forefront of national attention. Yet even as recognition grows, reliable, scientifically tested information and methods often get lost in the media crush of quick fixes and hyped-up news stories.

Now, in one comprehensive, easy-to-access volume, the Handbook of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity reveals the scope of the problem in terms of its psychological burden, its health consequences, and the available prevention and treatment options with the most current empirical and clinical knowledge available. This volume provides readers not only raw data, but also a framework for translating findings into effective, efficient practice – assessment, treatment, and prevention. This volume:

  • Emphasizes developmental considerations – the specific information most relevant to toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents.
  • Examines sociocultural and economic risk factors and their attendant treatment issues.
  • Addresses the particular challenges of treating overweight children with psychiatric comorbidities.
  • Discusses weight management intervention strategies in home, school, and community settings.
  • Outlines model intervention programs for overweight/obese children and youth.
  • Features special chapters on emerging topics of interest, including behavioral genetics, binge eating, technology-based approaches to weight control, and the concept of the obesigenic environment.

The Handbook of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity is a vital reference for child psychologists and psychiatrists as well as school and counseling psychologists, social workers, educators, and public health and medical professionals.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Elissa Jelalian
    • 1
  • Ric G. Steele
    • 2
  1. 1.Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Child Psychology ProgramUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer US 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-76922-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-76924-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0471
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