Obesity Miniatlas

The excess of body fat that is associated with obesity is the cause of cardiovascular disease, of a significant number of tumors and a large number of medical conditions. Overweight has become an increasing public health problem for developed countries in the West.

It is known that vascular disease and atherosclerosis lead to a higher morbidity and mortality in diabetic individuals. Diabetes and obesity are linked in the so-called metabolic syndrome, a syndrome that includes hypertension, insulin resistance and changes in the lipid profile or dyslipidemias.

Obesity and the metabolic syndrome can be treated, but the fight against these disorders is long and hard. Any “miracle” cure or particularly rapid solution only serves to hide the true problem underlying these disorders: lifestyle. Rehabilitation of the obese patient is only possible through lifestyle modification and the rational application of existing therapeutic measures.

This volume contains the following material:

Table of contents

Neurophysiology, feeding and energy balance

  • Neuroanatomy of eating
  • Regulation of energy balance – I
  • Regulation of energy balance – II
  • Chemical mediators involved in energy balance – I
  • Chemical mediators involved in energy balance – II
  • Regulation of the appetite by cannabinoids

Definition and physiopathogenesis of obesity

  • Concept and definition of obesity
  • Obesity as an epidemic
  • Diagnostic methods of obesity: the weight indices
  • Waist circumference measure in obesity
  • Physiopathogenesis of obesity
  • Genetic aspects of obesity
  • Environmental influence

Obesity, clinical aspects and comorbid associations

  • Clinical consequences of overweight and obesity
  • The metabolic syndrome
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Obesity and lung function
  • Hormonal disturbances
  • Other comorbid associations

Obesity therapy

  • Life style modification
  • Pharmacologic therapy and bariatric surgery

The Obesity miniatlas is part of an extensive collection of illustrated medical atlases (Miniatlas Collection) covering generic specialties to specific diseases, created to facilitate doctor-patient communication.

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