The Gravity of Weight

The Gravity of Weight : A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance

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The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance, by Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is a scholarly and critical inquiry into the field of overweight and obesity. Reviewing more than 900 publications, from some of the early classical papers to the most recent research, the authors have integrated the complex psychological and physiological aspects of the mind, brain, and body to explain why the control of body weight is so daunting for so many people. Written primarily for clinicians in all health-related fields, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists, as well as for their intellectually curious patients, The Gravity of Weight explores the controversy regarding obesity as a disease with morbidity and mortality, as well as the complex methodological issues involved in obesity research. The authors delineate the extraordinary metabolic complexities implicated in weight control as well as the importance of circadian rhythms and sleep as they relate to weight and even disorders such as the night eating syndrome. They also investigate the psychological aspects of overweight and obesity, including discrimination against the obese and the fat acceptance movement, and they discuss some of the most common diets as well as the psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, and surgical treatment options currently available for these patients.The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary text that synthesizes some of the most essential information for successful weight control:  The role of the environment, including diet, disordered eating, and portion control, in weight management The National Weight Control Registry and the study of those successful at weight control The importance of differentiating weight loss from weight loss maintenance The qualitative and quantitative measurements of physical activity, including the role of exercise for maintenance of weight loss The contribution of genetics to "the obesities"  Depression and obesity: cause or consequence? Psychotherapeutic strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy  Medical and surgical treatment approaches and their effectiveness Drs. Karasu have drawn from both professional and personal experience to write The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide To Weight Loss and Maintenance. Both had fathers who suffered from morbid obesity. One died at the age of 56, while the other lived to be 91. The authors' professional curiosity led them to question how differences in environment, genetics, and overall physical and psychological health can affect one person's longevity and another's early passing.In searching for the answers to some of the most perplexing questions regarding weight, the authors have created what is perhaps the most comprehensive exploration of the relationship of the mind, brain, body and our environment to overweight and obesity. The resulting text deserves a prominent place in the library of those who work in this field.show more

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  • Paperback | 518 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 5 Line drawings, unspecified; 8 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585623601
  • 9781585623600
  • 2,389,771

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This is a well-written book that provides readers of various backgrounds with a synthesis and analysis of a large amount of information related to a complex endeavor. The authors integrate research concepts into discussions of the daily management issues confronted by healthcare providers in this field. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about obesity. * Doody Enterprises, Inc., Jeffrey Rado, MD * There is a tremendous amount of information in this book, and a surprising proportion -- for a clinical guide -- is basic science research data. * Daniel L. Breslin, M.D., Psychiatric Services *show more

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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.show more

About Sylvia R. Karasu

Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Psychiatrist at New York--Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York.T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is Silverman Professor and University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.Foreword by Albert J. Stunkard, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at Penn.show more

Table of contents

ForewordA Tale of Two FathersAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. Obesity in the United States: The Gravity of the SituationChapter 3. Food: The Basic Principles of CaloriesChapter 4. The Psychology of the EaterChapter 5. The Metabolic Complexities of Weight ControlChapter 6. Psychiatric Disorders and WeightChapter 7. Medical Conditions and WeightChapter 8. ExerciseChapter 9. Circadian Rhythms, Sleep, and WeightChapter 10. Diet and WeightChapter 11. Psychological Treatment Strategies and WeightChapter 12. Pharmacological and Surgical Treatments for Overweight and ObesityAppendix: Selected Readings and Web SitesIndexshow more