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Public Health Mini-Guides: Obesity

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Author/Editor(s): Nick Townsend, Angela Scriven
Publication Date: January 17, 2014
ISBN-10: 0702046345
ISBN-13: 978-0702046346
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Size: 1.68 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Obesity and its linked morbidity and mortality is a significant public health challenge on a global scale and places a burden not only on the individual but also on society as a whole. This Mini-Guide presents key themes relating to this challenge, including the means of measuring obesity, the most recent prevalence and trends, the health consequences and causes of obesity along with approaches to counter obesity both at an individual and a population level.

Understanding is facilitated through:
  • Case Studies.
  • Boxed examples.
  • Thinking Points.
  • Summary Points at ends of chapters.
  • Links to webpages, resources and further reading.

The Public Health Mini-Guides provide up-to-date, evidence-based information in a convenient pocket-sized format, on a range of current key public health topics. They support the work of health and social care practitioners and students on courses related to public health and health promotion.

Each volume provides an objective and balanced introduction to an overview of the epidemiological, scientific, and other factors relating to public health. The Mini-Guides are structured to provide easy access to information. The first chapters cover background information needed to quickly understand the issue, including the epidemiology, demography and physiology. The later chapters examine examples of public health action to address the issue, covering health promotion intervention, legislative and other measures. The Mini-Guides are designed to be essential reference texts for students, practitioners and researchers with a professional interest in public health and health promotion.

Students will find the books useful to cover assignments and on the ward, and practitioners will love the quick-reference format for use on the ward and in giving patient advice and running clinics on these topics.

There will be a title providing essential information on the priority areas of:
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Diabetes
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Exercise
  • Drug misuse
  • Health inequalities

About the Author

Nick Townsend is a Senior Researcher at Oxford University, UK. He leads on a programme of research into the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a special interest in obesity and its associated risk factors. Nick has published widely on obesity as well as presenting findings at a number of UK and international conferences. He teaches on a range of graduate and postgraduate courses within the university and has also acted as a guest lecturer on the courses of other institutions. His research focuses on the complex determination of obesity, with a focus on policy interventions and the promotion of healthy behaviour in schools.

Angela Scriven is a Reader in Health Promotion at Brunel University in London, UK. She has been teaching and researching in the field of health promotion for over 30 year and has published widely including authoring, editing or co-editing the following books Health Promotion Alliances: Theory and Practice (1998); Health Promotion: Professional Perspectives (1996; 2001 2nd edn); Promoting Health: Global Perspectives (2005); Health Promoting Practice: The Contribution of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (2005); Public Health: Social Context and Action (2007); Promoting Health: A Practical Guide (2010); Health Promotion for Health Practitioners (2010); Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice (2012). Her research is centred on the relationship between health promotion policy and practice within specific contexts. She is a member of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), is President Elect for the Institute of Health Promotion and Education (IHPE) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
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