Chapter 1. History of Obesity

  1. Gareth Williams2 and
  2. Gema Frühbeck3
  1. George A. Bray

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch1

Obesity: Science to Practice

Obesity: Science to Practice

How to Cite

Bray, G. A. (2009) History of Obesity, in Obesity: Science to Practice (eds G. Williams and G. Frühbeck), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Author Information

  1. George Bray Pennington Centre, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019115

Online ISBN: 9780470712221

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Keywords:

  • history of obesity;
  • Tibetan medical treatise – The Blue Beryl;
  • adipose tissue – structure and function;
  • adipocyte – specific cell-type;
  • metabolism and energy balance;
  • restricting food intake and increasing physical activity – main stays of managing obesity;
  • three anti-obesity drugs in current use – sibutramine, orlistat, rimonabant;
  • bariatric surgery;
  • stereotactic lesioning of the lateral hypothalamus

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Early human history

  • History of the biology of obesity

  • Descriptions and measurements of obesity

  • Metabolism and energy balance

  • Health hazards of obesity

  • Causes of obesity

  • Treatment of obesity

  • Growth of the scientific community

  • References