- Paperback: 518 pages
- Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (March 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585623601
- ISBN-13: 978-1585623600
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance 1st Edition
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Drs. Sylvia and Byram Karasu have approached the topic of weight with an exceptional blend of scholarship and compassion. The book consistently demonstrates, and thus imparts, a deep understanding not only of the condition we call obesity, but of the individuals affected by it. Thorough and thoughtful, practical and impassioned, The Gravity of Weight will make better clinicians of its readers. --David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, FACP, Director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Author, Nutrition in Clinical Practice<br /><br />Obesity is now a global phenomenon a complex problem that goes well beyond simply eating too much or moving too little. The authors of The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance accurately depict this crisis and its medical and psychosocial implications. They offer well-researched and valuable insight into the intricate connections between weight control and the exquisitely balanced workings of our brains, bodies, minds, and souls. This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in managing, treating, and preventing obesity. --Frank B. Hu is Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Medicine at Harvard University and author of Obesity Epidemiology<br /><br />The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance examines the intersection of mind, brain, and body as it pertains to physical self-image and dieting. Written by a pair of renowned psychiatrists, the book provides a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute overview of both the psychological and biological factors that affect weight loss and maintenance. It is a valuable and clearly written resource for clinicians of all kinds who may be faced with the growing problem of obesity. --Antonio M. Gotto, Jr. M.D., Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College and co-author (with Michael E. DeBakey, Lynne W. Scott, and John P. Foreyt), The New Living Heart Diet
The Gravity of Weight" is the most thorough and scholarly volume on the problems of weight gain and its control that I know of. The authors skillfully guide the reader through an explanation of the role of calories and the description of the neurophysiology and psychology relevant to obesity. They conclude with an enlightened survey of the various approaches to weight control, including surgical treatments. --Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
The Gravity of Weight nails down the top thinking and latest clinical research on weight loss and maintenance. It illuminates the physiological factors of weight loss and weight gain, doing so in a punchy, complete, no-nonsense manner. In addition to being an in-depth reference, its use of sidebars and call-outs make it an invaluable handbook for the busy clinician. This is a must-have guide for professionals who want to be serious and successful with their patients weight loss. --Brian Wansink, Ph.D., Author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
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There are currently 54 million people on a diet in the United States. The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is perhaps the first comprehensive integration of the psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why weight control seems so daunting for so many people. In The Gravity of Weight, authors Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., review more than 900 published reports, from some of the early classical papers to the most recent research, to synthesize information regarding the methodological issues involved in obesity research, the controversies regarding obesity as a disease with morbidity and mortality, discrimination against the obese, and the fat acceptance movement. The authors distinguish between weight loss and weight loss maintenance and detail the extraordinary metabolic complexities, from adipose tissue to set point, involved in weight control. They explore the importance of genetics and psychological predisposition, as well as the contribution of the environment in sabotaging weight loss efforts, the importance of exercise and sleep, and the relevance of circadian rhythms to weight. They also review some of the most popular diets, including the significance of calories, as well as the psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, and surgical options that are currently available for the overweight and obese.