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Obesity, Weight Problems, and Healthy Weight for Families

  • By: Maryanne Davidson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Obesity and overweight are two of the foremost conditions currently affecting morbidity and mortality in families in the United States and abroad. Rates of overweight and obesity, and associated comorbidities, continue to rise in all ethnic and racial groups, with minority groups most notably impacted. Comorbidities associated with obesity and overweight include insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated lipids, cardiovascular disease, and depression. The cause of overweight and obesity is believed to be complex and multifaceted and has been linked to genetics, eating and feeding behaviors, lifestyle practices, and the food environment. After identifying the focus of care and healthy weight parameters, this entry focuses on interventions and health of families.

Focus of Care

Interventions aimed at prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity focus on ...

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