Introduction to Integrative Weight Management

  • Gerard E. MullinEmail author
  • Lawrence J. Cheskin
  • Laura E. Matarese
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Obesity has become a global pandemic with over one billion people world-wide are presently overweigh and/ or obese which surpasses malnutrition as the world’s most serious health problem. The number of Americans who are overweight and/or obese has doubled in adults and more than tripled in children and adolescents. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight and obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease. Weight management is a branch of medicine that helps individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Integrative medicine embraces all evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), conventional and traditional treatment modalities. Integrative Weight Management offer practitioners a weight management textbook that integrates the evidence about CAM-based therapies along with conventional and traditional weight management methods. This first chapter provides an overview of the entire book to assist the reader.


Obesity Weight management Complementary alternative medicine Alternative medicine Dietary supplements Therapeutic diets Commercial weight-loss diets Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard E. Mullin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lawrence J. Cheskin
    • 2
  • Laura E. Matarese
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Weight Management CenterJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Brody School of MedicineEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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