Chapter 3. Lifestyle Determinants of Obesity

  1. Anthony H. Barnett3,4,5 and
  2. Sudhesh Kumar6
  1. Laura Johnson1 and
  2. Susan A. Jebb2

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741474.ch3

Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition

Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition

How to Cite

Johnson, L. and Jebb, S. A. (2009) Lifestyle Determinants of Obesity, in Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition (eds A. H. Barnett and S. Kumar), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741474.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK

  2. 4

    Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust, UK

  3. 5

    Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Undergraduate Centre, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK

  4. 6

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Behaviour Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Public, Health, University College London, 2–16 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 6BT, UK

  2. 2

    MRC Human Nutrition Research, Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, Fulbourn Road, Cambridge, CV1 9NL, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519813

Online ISBN: 9780470741474



  • lifestyle determinants of obesity;
  • body weight - integrated product of lifetime's energy intake, offset by energy needs;
  • physical activity - complex, multidimensional behaviour difficult to quantify;
  • analysis of dietary factors associated with obesity - confounded by difficulties in assessing food intake and eating behaviour;
  • energy density theory of appetite control;
  • physiological coupling between intake and expenditure across intermediary range of energy needs;
  • environmental impacts on lifestyle


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The importance of energy balance

  • Physical activity

  • Energy intake

  • An integrated analysis

  • Conclusions

  • References