This is not a "get-slim-quick" book, but gives real facts and realistic advice about dieting and exercise for those concerned about their weight and health. It provides a safe and effective strategy for long-term weight control and explains the reasoning behind this approach. Practical suggestions are given to increase activity and reduce fat and calorie intakes. It aims to help you to judge your own weight and analyse how it will affect your future well-being.
Table of Contents
preface 01 Introduction scope of the chapter / normal body composition / am I overweight? / some height/weight measures / othe ways of measuring body fatness / how prevalent are overweight and obesity / which Britons and Americans get fat? / how much food do I need? / conclusions 02 consequences of being overweight or obese scope of the chapter / is it fine to be fat? / effect of age on the risk posed by excess weight / is being underweight a health hazard? / does dieting cause eating disorders? / how does obesity affect health and well-being? / obesity, disability and quality of life / is all body fat the same? / weight cycling or 'yo-yo' dieting / the benefits of weight loss / should I try to lose weight? / conclusions 03 energy balance and its control scope of the chapter / energy balance - the concept / control of energy balance - possible strategies / is energy expenditure regulated? / control of energy intake / possible satiety signals / why so many satiety signals? / practical implications for weight control / conclusions 04 why do so many of us get fat? scope of the chapter / survival of the fattest? / nature or nurture? / some specific causes of obesity / conclusions 05 a survey of diet books and programmes scope of the chapter / the enormous range of books and strategies / do all of these varied diets works? / covert ways of reducing energy intake / if an unorthodox diet may work then why shouldn't I use it? / case studies of particular diet books / assessing your new diet book or programme / conclusions 06 how can I lose weight? scope of the chapter / should I be trying to lose weight? / there is no magic formula / success or failure? / losing a lot of weight takes time / exercise and weight loss / ways of increasing activity and energy expenditure / the general nature of the recommended diet / artificial sweetners, reduced fat foods and fat substitutes / other ways of losing fat and calories from your diet / diet compliance and behaviour modification / conclusions 07 alternatives to diet and exercise scope of the chapter / anti-obesity drugs / surgical treatment of obesity / conclusions 08 politics and policy scope of the chapter / the population approach to reducing obesity / what should the objectives be? / education and publicity / barriers to change / why do we eat such a high fat diet? / conclusions glossary taking it further index
Geoff Webb is a senior lecturer at the University of East London with 30 years research and teaching experience in nutrition and physiology. He obtained his first degree and doctorate from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Nutrition from King's College, London. He has written over thirty journal articles and written two other books.