Disabling Obesity

From Determinants to Health Care Models

  • Paolo Capodaglio
  • Joel Faintuch
  • Antonio Liuzzi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Veronica Cimolin, Paolo Capodaglio, Manuela Galli
    Pages 39-53
  3. Amelia Brunani, Paolo Capodaglio, Matilde Leonardi, Alberto Raggi
    Pages 55-76
  4. Daniela Imperiali, Roberta Cirillo, Amelia Brunani, Edda Maria Capodaglio, Paolo Capodaglio
    Pages 77-106
  5. Luca A. Gondoni
    Pages 125-142
  6. Alberto Salvadori, Paolo Fanari, Alberto Braghiroli
    Pages 143-159
  7. Gianluca Castelnuovo, Gian Mauro Manzoni, Valentina Villa, Giada Pietrabissa, Enrico Molinari
    Pages 161-182
  8. Massimo Cuzzolaro
    Pages 183-197
  9. Lorenzo M. Donini, Maria Letizia Petroni
    Pages 199-220
  10. Joel Faintuch, Shirley A. F. Souza, Sonia M. Fabris, Ivan Cecconello
    Pages 221-231
  11. Joel Faintuch, Shirley A. F. Souza, Sonia M. Fabris, Alberto Rosenblatt, Ivan Cecconello
    Pages 233-248
  12. Wilson Cintra Jr, Joel Faintuch
    Pages 249-267
  13. Giuseppe Riva, Pietro Cipresso, Fabrizia Mantovani, Antonios Dakanalis, Andrea Gaggioli
    Pages 269-284
  14. Maria Letizia Petroni
    Pages 285-299
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 301-304

About this book


Obesity is currently regarded as one of the major health challenges of the developed world.  Excess body weight is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and even psychiatric problems and is estimated to cause nearly 3 million deaths per year worldwide. Obesity is not necessarily associated with comorbidities: there are indeed metabolically healthy obese individuals.  Thus, we need to consider individuals presenting simple with obesity separately from those at risk of developing or who have already developed complex clinical states potentially leading to disability. Comorbidities can tip the balance of independence in patients who already have functional limitations mainly due to the excess of mass itself or who develop conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, where an abnormal metabolism of adipose tissue prevails. Morbid obesity with comorbidities leading to disability represents a real social and economic burden for National Health Systems worldwide.  The presence of multiple and associated comorbidities often represents an obstacle to being admitted to hospitals for the treatment of metabolic diseases. On the other hand, clinical units with optimal standards for the treatment of pathological conditions in normal-weight patients are often structurally and technologically inadequate for the care of patients with extreme obesity. The aim of this book is to focus on the pathophysiological and rehabilitative aspects of disabling obesity, highlighting multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions as key to counteracting the disabling aspects of complicated obesity.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Capodaglio
    • 1
  • Joel Faintuch
    • 2
  • Antonio Liuzzi
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCSPiancavallo (VB)Italy
  2. 2., Department of GastroenterologySao Paulo University Medical SchoolSao PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Ospedale San GiuseppePiancavallo (Oggebbio – VCO)Italy

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