Textbook (Chapters)

Bray GA, Bouchard C, James WPT, eds. Handbook of Obesity. Etiology and Pathophysiology. 2 nd Edition. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004. First volume deals with prevalence, etiology, and consequences of obesity. 1200 pages.

Bray GA, Bouchard C, eds. Handbook of Obesity. Clinical Applications. 2 nd Edition. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004. Second volume of 18 chapters addresses the evaluation, prevention and treatment of obesity.

Jensen MD, ed. Obesity. Med Clin N America 2000;84:1-518. This entire issue is a comprehensive review of obesity and has articles on many individual topics relevant to obesity including genetics, evaluation of the obese patient, diet, exercise, behavioral treatment, pharmacotherapy, and surgery.

F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer. Obesity. Endocrinol Metab Clin N Am; 2003; 32(4): 741-1076. Thirteen chapter volume devoted to obesity and endocrinologic issues.

Bray GA. Obesity. Primary Care Clinics in Office Practice 2003;30 (No 2): 249-498 . Entire volume of 14 chapters dedicated to care of the obese patient in primary care.

Fariburn CG, Brownell KD. Eating Disorders and Obesity. 2 nd Edition. NY, The Guilford Press, 2002 . One hundred and twelve short chapters on various aspects of eating disorders and obesity. 633 pages.

Wadden TA, Stunkard AJ. Handbook of obesity treatment. Guilford Press, NY. 2002. Twenty seven chapters covering clinically relevant aspects of obesity. 624 pages.

Review Articles

Anonymous. Overweight, obesity, and health risk. National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity. Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:898-904. Review of the health risks of obesity by a national panel of experts.

Votruba SB, Horvitz MA, Schoeller DA. The role of exercise in the treatment of obesity. Nutrition 2000;16:179-88. Review of exercise and effects on weight management.

Freedman MR, King J, Kennedy E. Popular diets: a Scientific Review. Obes Res 2001;9 (Suppl 1):1S-40S. Summary of the USDA conference on popular diets.
Unger RH. Lipotoxic diseases. Annu Rev Med 2002;53:319-336. Article reviews the pathophysiology of ectopic fat deposition .

Original Reports

Manson JE, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, et al. Body weight and mortality among women. N Engl J Med 1995;333:677-85. Nurses health study that reports increasing body weight is associated with increased mortality.

Lichtman SW. Pisarska K. Berman ER, et al. Discrepancy between self-reported and actual caloric intake and exercise in obese subjects. N Engl J Med 1992;327:1893-8. Classic article that demonstrated underreporting of 47% of energy intake and overreporting of 51% of physical activity in subjects with obesity unresponsive to treatment.

Stevens VJ, Obarzanek E, Cook NR, et al. Long-term weight loss and changes in blood pressure: Results of the Trials of Hypertension Prevention, Phase II. Ann Intern Med 2001;134:1-11. Strong documentation that clinically significant long-term reductions in blood pressure and reduced risk for hypertension can be achieved with even modest weight loss.

Calle EE, Thun MJ, Petrelli JM, Rodriquez C, Heath CW. Body-mass index and mortality in a prospective cohort of US adults. N Engl J Med. 1999;341:1097-1105. Study documents the increased incidence of cancer among a large prospective population cohort.

Lakka HM, Laaksonen DE, Lakka TA, Nislanen LK, Kumpusalo E, Tuomilehto J, Salonen JT. The metabolic syndrome and total and cardiovascular disease mortality in middle-aged men. JAMA 2002;288:2709-2716. Study identifies CVD risk stemming from components of the metabolic syndrome.

JAMA 2003;289:1785-1855. Entire theme issue devoted to obesity. 8 original articles, review, and 2 editorials.

Mediated Materials

Zeisel S (ed). Diabetes and Weight Management: Aberrations in Glucose Metabolism. Also Diet, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease. CD-ROM in: Nutrition in Medicine. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina. (Material on obesity is divided between the Diabetes and Cardiovascular CD-ROMs).


NAASO: the North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Weight-Control Information Network

Clinical Algorithms, Practice Guidelines, Position Papers

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute / North American Association for the Study of Obesity. The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. 2000. A practical guide for managing obesity.

Expert Panel. Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults - the evidence report. Obes Res 1998;6:51S-210S. This outlines the national strategy for evaluation and treatment of obesity.

Kushner RF. Roadmaps for Clinical Practice: Case Studies in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion-Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians. Chicago, Illinois: American Medical Association; 2003. Series of 10 case-based booklets reviewing the practical assessment and treatment of the adult obese patient.

Consensus Development Conference Panel. Gastrointestinal surgery for severe obesity. Ann Intern Med 1991;115:956-61. Consensus statement on surgical treatment of obesity by a panel of experts.

McTigue KM, Harris R, Hemphill B, Lux L, Sutton S, Bunton AJ, Lohr KN. Screening and interventions for obesity in adults: Summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2003;139:933-949. (appendix tables available at www.annals.org).

Grundy SM, Brewer B, Cleeman JI, Smith SC, Lenfant C. Definition of metabolic syndrome. Report of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/American Heart Association conference on scientific issues related to definition. Circ 2004;109:433-438.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General's call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity. [Rockville, MD]: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, Office of the Surgeon General; [2001].