[PHNUTR-L] New Book: Obesity: Dietary and Developmental Influences
jikeda at berkeley.edu
Fri Apr 7 10:51:09 PDT 2006
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>The Center for Weight and Health is pleased to announce the publication of
>the following book available through CRC Press at
>Obesity: Dietary and Developmental Influences
>20% discount available until June 15, 2006 (discount order form and flyer
>Latest research on obesity detailed in new book from UC Berkeley's Center
>for Weight and Health
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>April 5, 2006
>Berkeley -- Low fat or low carbohydrate? Small, frequent meals or just
>three meals a day? Sweetened beverages are out, but is fruit juice okay?
>What about energy density and portion sizes?
>These controversial questions and more are addressed in "Obesity: Dietary
>and Developmental Influences," a new book from the University of
>California, Berkeley's Center for Weight and Health. It uses an
>evidence-based approach to shed light on what to eat and what not to eat
>in order to maintain a healthy weight.
>As more and more research is being focused on determining the causes and
>cures of obesity, the authors set out to provide researchers, health
>practitioners and policy makers alike with the latest evidence about this
>modern-day epidemic and "an invaluable tool in their efforts to help curb
>obesity," said co-author Patricia Crawford, an adjunct professor at UC
>Berkeley and a registered dietitian who co-directs the Center for Weight
>"The book presents the most comprehensive treatment of the subject matter
>to date," she added. "It also represents a critical step forward in the
>quest to identify actionable strategies to prevent obesity."
>The book, recently published by Taylor & Francis CRC Press, covers the
>breadth of available evidence about the prevention of obesity and presents
>clear, evidence-based conclusions as well as thorough and objective
>discussions of the evidence. As a result, readers can accurately assess
>each factor's role in preventing obesity.
>The book includes:
>- A synopsis of the diet most likely to protect against the development of
>- The roles of growth and developmental periods in obesity development
>- The influence of parenting practices on children's weight
>- Information on the relationship between each aspect of dietary intake
>In the book, the role of 26 different foods, beverages and eating
>behaviors as well as eight developmental periods in the human life cycle
>are described. The dietary factors examined include the macronutrients
>(the different types of carbohydrate, protein and fat), vitamins and
>minerals, specific types of foods and beverages, snack and meal patterns,
>portion size, parenting practices, breastfeeding and more. Each
>developmental period is examined in the context of the likelihood of
>obesity development. For each dietary factor and developmental period,
>four lines of evidence are examined: changes over time in dietary
>consumption and behaviors, plausible mechanisms, observational studies and
>The book also contains 38 tables that summarize observational studies, 38
>graphs depicting trends in dietary intake, and nine tables that summarize
>prevention trials. A synopsis of the latest research on obesity
>investigates all major lines of evidence and clarifies common
>misconceptions while identifying behaviors to target and the dietary
>factors that show the most promise for prevention.
>Along with Crawford, the book was co-authored by three other researchers
>from the Center for Weight and Health: Gail Woodward-Lopez, associate
>director; Lorrene Davis Ritchie, associate researcher; and Dana E.
>Gerstein, associate academic specialist. The book can be ordered at the
>CRC Press Web site:
>The Center for Weight and Health provides leadership for the development
>of science-based approaches to the prevention of obesity and related
>health problems with a focus on children and families. It fosters
>collaborations among researchers, service providers, policy-makers and
>members of diverse communities who are concerned about issues related to
>weight and health. Its Web site is at:
>NOTE: Media inquiries should be directed to Gail Woodward-Lopez or
>Patricia Crawford at (510) 642-2915 or Lorrene Ritchie at (510) 489-8483.
Joanne P. Ikeda, MA,RD
Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Specialist & Lecturer
223 Morgan Hall
Nutritional Sciences Department
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3104
email: jikeda at berkeley.edu
^^^Please note this is a new email address.
See website of the Center for Weight and Health: http://cnr.berkeley.edu/cwh
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