Handbook of Obesity Treatment

Second Edition

Edited by Thomas A. Wadden and George A. Bray

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The leading clinical reference work in the field—now significantly revised with 85% new material—this handbook gives practitioners and students a comprehensive understanding of the causes, consequences, and management of adult and childhood obesity. In concise, extensively referenced chapters from preeminent authorities, the Handbook presents foundational knowledge and reviews evidence-based psychosocial and lifestyle interventions as well as pharmacological and surgical treatments. It provides guidelines for conducting psychosocial and medical assessments and for developing individualized treatment plans. The effects of obesity—and of weight loss—on physical and psychological well-being are reviewed, as are strategies for helping patients maintain their weight loss.

New to This Edition

“The book provides a wealth of relevant and very readable information for any clinician with an interest in the treatment of obesity.”

Nutrition and Dietetics (on the first edition)


“It is of great value to any investigator wanting a substantial overview of all aspects of obesity, including environmental, psychological, and physiologic issues....Policymakers who wish to make an impact on this epidemic would be well advised to consult this book.”

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (on the first edition)


“A ‘must-have’ volume….Highly recommended as an essential resource for students, clinicians, and researchers who wish for a comprehensive review of information about obesity.”

Obesity and Eating Disorders Newsletter (on the first edition)


“It could serve as an introduction for someone new to the obesity field, an update for those too busy to stay up with all the journal articles, or a statement to someone from a related profession of how far the treatment of obesity has come. I recommend it highly.”

The Health Psychologist (on the first edition)


“An invaluable evidence-based resource for researchers, clinicians, and policymakers facing the management of an epidemic of obesity.”

Community Mental Health Journal (on the first edition)


“A valuable resource. The editors have produced a work that can serve both as a reference for the researcher and scientifically curious practitioner and as a ready source of practical information for the clinician.”

Journal of the American Medical Association (on the first edition)


“It would be difficult to conceive of a better, more comprehensive text on the treatment of obesity than this one….[It] can provide valuable information as to which patients should be referred, how to refer them, and to whom they should be referred.”

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (on the first edition)


“Wadden and Bray have done a remarkable job. Chapter authors provide the 'big picture' on each topic as well as figures and tables that allow interested readers to drill down on the specific information they need. A great deal of recent treatment data is included in chapters that are well designed to help providers interested in providing all treatment options for their patients. The chapter on surgical treatment has some of the best drawings showing the different types of bariatric surgery procedures that I have seen. In addition, I particularly like the new section on behavioral, environmental, and psychosocial contributors to obesity. This is the kind of book you will want to have at hand when any question arises about the causes and treatment of obesity. It will be extremely useful to trainees in obesity medicine; many of the chapters will make excellent reading assignments.”

—Michael D. Jensen, MD, Tomas J. Watson, Jr. Professor in Honor of Dr. Robert L. Frye, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


“Since so much has changed in our understanding of obesity and its treatment in adults and children in the past 15 years, this second edition comes at the perfect time. The book provides a comprehensive resource, with many more chapters than the first edition. Each chapter is written by a leading authority in the field and addresses an important issue in the etiology, consequences, and treatment of this disease. This will certainly be the go-to book on obesity for researchers, clinicians, and students.”

—Rena R. Wing, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School; Director, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, The Miriam Hospital


“This second edition offers a comprehensive, up-to-date summary of the state of the art regarding all aspects of obesity, including its prevalence, etiology, environmental and psychosocial contributors, manifestations, consequences, and treatment in a variety of settings. In addition, the volume reviews research relevant to public policy, organization of obesity care, and pediatric and adolescent populations. A definitive reference from recognized authorities.”

—Bruce M. Wolfe, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Research, Division of Bariatric Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University


“The editors, pioneers in the field, have recruited the world’s leading experts. The book contains an incredible wealth of knowledge, providing the broadest and most authoritative coverage in the field. It provides new and updated information on diverse topics including epidemiology, etiology, body weight regulation, energy metabolism, genetic influences, the microbiome in obesity, recently approved medications, surgical approaches, and behavioral interventions. The latest in insurance coverage, childhood obesity, and primary prevention is extensively reviewed. This is the indispensable resource for all researchers and clinicians involved in the management of obesity, and will remain the go-to source for years to come. It’s a terrific handbook and really all you need.”

—John P. Foreyt, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine


“The second edition of this handbook fully encompasses the enormous strides that have been made in the etiology, genetics, assessment, and treatment of this disease since the first edition was published. Written by leaders in clinical practice and research, chapters cover emerging topics including the role of the gut microbiome in energy balance, the hypothalamus as the central control of body weight regulation, and new paradigms in treatment. Topics are thoroughly condensed into a readable, useful format. This second edition will be a staple for any graduate course in obesity medicine or obesity research. It will be in demand among physicians and surgeons at any level—medical students to faculty. Reading this book, I was excited to realize what knowledge we have gained over the last 15 years pertaining to obesity medicine and surgery, psychological approaches, the obesity epidemic, and energy regulation.”

—Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management, Boston Medical Center
Table of Contents

I. Prevalence, Consequences, and Etiology of Obesity

1. Epidemiology and Health and Economic Consequences of Obesity, Graham A. Colditz & Hank Dart

2. Gut-to-Brain Mechanisms of Body Weight Regulation, Matthew R. Hayes

3. Energy Expenditure and Obesity, Kara L. Marlatt & Eric Ravussin

4. Genetics of Obesity, I. Sadaf Farooqi

5. Human Energy Homeostasis and the Gut Microbiome, Michael Rosenbaum & Rudolph L. Leibel

II. Behavioral, Environmental, and Psychosocial Contributors to Obesity

6. The Role of Portion Size, Energy Density, and Variety in Obesity and Weight Management, Barbara J. Rolls

7. Physical Activity and the Development of Obesity, Claude Bouchard, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, & Robert Ross

8. Sleep and Obesity, Andrea M. Spaeth & David F. Dinges

9. Social, Economic, and Physical Environmental Contributors to Obesity among Adults, Joreintje Dingena Mackenbach, Jeroen Lakerveld, & Johannes Brug

10. Psychosocial Contributors to and Consequences of Obesity, Rebecca M. Puhl & Rebecca L. Pearl

11. Obesity, Eating Disorders, and Addiction, Courtney McCuen-Wurst & Kelly C. Allison

III. Health Consequences of Weight Reduction

12. The Impact of Intentional Weight Loss on Major Morbidity and Mortality, Edward W. Gregg & Marcela Rodriguez Flores

13. Weight Loss and Changes in Psychosocial Status and Cognitive Functioning, Candice A. Myers & Corby K. Martin

14. Effects of Lifestyle Interventions on Health-Related Quality of Life and Physical Functioning, W. Jack Rejeski & Donald A. Williamson

IV. Assessment of Patients with Obesity

15. Medical Evaluation of Patients with Obesity, Rekha B. Kumar & Louis J. Aronne

16. Behavioral Assessment of Patients with Obesity, Jena A. Shaw Tronieri & Thomas A. Wadden

V. Treatment of Obesity in Adults

17. An Overview of the Treatment of Obesity in Adults, Thomas A. Wadden, Zayna M. Bakizada, Steven Z. Wadden, & Naji Alamuddin

18. Dietary Treatment of Overweight and Obesity, Arne S. Astrup

19. Physical Activity and Weight Management, John M. Jakicic, Renee J. Rogers, Sally A. Sherman, & Sara J. Kovacs

20. Behavioral Treatment of Obesity, Stephanie Gomez-Rubalcava, Kaitlin Stabbert, & Suzanne Phelan

21. The Role of Medications in Weight Management, George A. Bray & Donna H. Ryan

22. Surgical Treatment of Obesity, Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Ali Aminian, & Philip R. Schauer

23. Maintenance of Weight Lost in Behavioral Treatment of Obesity, Michael G. Perri & Aviva H. Ariel-Donges

VI. Additional Approaches to and Resources for the Treatment of Obesity

24. The Emerging Field of Obesity Medicine, Robert F. Kushner & Scott Kahan

25. Coverage of Obesity Treatment: Costs and Benefits, Morgan Downey & Theodore K. Kyle

26. Obesity Treatment Perspectives in U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations, Shiriki K. Kumanyika

27. Treatment of Obesity in Primary Care, Adam G. Tsai & Thomas A. Wadden

28. Remotely Delivered Interventions for Obesity, Deborah F. Tate, Brooke T. Nezami, & Carmina G. Valle

29. Commercial Weight-Loss Programs, Kimberly A. Gudzune & Jeanne M. Clark

30. Treatment of Obesity in Community Setting, Delia Smith West, Rebecca A. Krukowski, & Chelsea A. Larsen

31. Alternative Behavioral Weight Loss Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Meghan L. Butryn, Leah M. Schumacher, & Evan M. Forman

32. Behavioral Economics and Weight Management, Mitesh S. Patel & Kevin G. M. Volpp

33. Nonsurgical Interventional Modalities for the Treatment of Obesity, Jacqueline M. Soegaard Ballester, Casey H. Halpern, Noel N. Williams, & Kristoffel R. Dumon

34. Treatment of Eating Disorders in Persons with Obesity, Carlos M. Grilo

35. Obesity and Body Image Dissatisfaction, David B. Sarwer, Colleen M. Tewksbury, & Heather M. Polonsky

36. Obesity, Weight Management, and Self-Esteem, Carol Johnson

VII. Childhood Obesity and Obesity Prevention

37. The Development of Childhood Obesity, Tanja V. E. Kral & Robert I. Berkowitz

38. Prevention of Obesity in Youth: Findings from Controlled Trials, Hannah G. Lawman, Alexis C. Wojtanowski, & Gary D. Foster

39. Behavioral Treatment of Obesity in Youth, Katherine N. Balantekin, Denise E. Wilfley, & Leonard H. Epstein

40. Pharmacological Treatment of Pediatric Obesity, Robert I. Berkowitz & Ariana M. Chao

41. Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents with Severe Obesity, Andrew J. Beamish & Thomas H. Inge

42. Using Public Policy to Address Obesity: Past, Present, and Future, Marlene B. Schwartz & Kelly D. Brownell

Author Index

Subject Index


About the Editors

Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, is the Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He also is Visiting Professor of Psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Wadden's more than 500 scientific publications have focused on the treatment of obesity by methods including diet, physical activity, behavior therapy, medication, and surgery. He also has investigated the health and psychosocial consequences of obesity and its associated eating disorders. Dr. Wadden is past president of the Obesity Society and has served on numerous panels for the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the TOPS Research Achievement Award from the Obesity Society, mentoring awards from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Obesity Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

George A. Bray, MD, is Boyd Professor Emeritus at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University; Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the Louisiana State University Medical Center; and Visiting Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. With over 2,000 scientific publications, Dr. Bray has conducted influential research on the causes of obesity, dietary approaches to the prevention of hypertension and diabetes, and dietary approaches to weight loss. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Endocrinology, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Other honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, induction into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and the Presidential Medal from the Obesity Society.
Contributors

Naji Alamuddin, MD, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kelly C. Allison, PhD, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ali Aminian, MD, Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Learner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Aviva H. Ariel-Donges, MA, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Louis J. Aronne, MD, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, New York

Arne Astrup, MD, PhD, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Zayna M. Bakizada, BA, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Katherine N. Balantekin, PhD, RD, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York

Andrew J. Beamish, MBBCh, MSc, MD, Department of Gastrosurgical Research, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden; and Department of Research, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, United Kingdom

Robert I. Berkowitz, MD, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine,University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Claude Bouchard, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

George A. Bray, MD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Johannes Brug, PhD, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meghan L. Butryn, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ariana M. Chao, PhD, CRNP, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Graham A. Colditz, DrPH, MD, MPH, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Hank Dart, MS, Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

David F. Dinges, PhD, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Morgan Downey, JD, The Downey Obesity Report, Washington, DC

Kristoffel R. Dumon, MD, Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, Division of Behavioral Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York

I. Sadaf Farooqi, MD, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Marcela Rodriguez Flores, MD, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico

Evan M. Forman, PhD, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL) Center and Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gary D. Foster, PhD, Weight Watchers International, New York, New York; Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School

of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and Center for Obesity Research and Education, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephanie Gomez-Rubalcava, BS, Kinesiology Department, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Edward W. Gregg, PhD, Epidemiology and Statistics Branch, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research (POWER), Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Casey H. Halpern, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California

Matthew R. Hayes, PhD, Translational Neuroscience Program and Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio

John M. Jakicic, PhD, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, Department of Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carol A. Johnson, MA, Largely Positive, Inc., Ashtabula, Ohio

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sara J. Kovacs, MS, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, Department of Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tanja V. E. Kral, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rebecca A. Krukowski, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rekha B. Kumar, MD, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, New York

Robert F. Kushner, MD, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Theodore K. Kyle, RPh, MBA, ConscienHealth.org, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeroen Lakerveld, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chelsea A. Larsen, MPH, Technology Center for Healthful Lifestyles, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Hannah G. Lawman, PhD, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rudolph L. Leibel, MD, Division of Molecular Genetics and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York

Joreintje Dingena Mackenbach, MSc, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kara L. Marlatt, PhD, MPH, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Corby K. Martin, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD, LCSW, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Candice A. Myers, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Brooke T. Nezami, PhD, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, MD, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; and Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS, Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, University of Pennsylvania; and Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rebecca L. Pearl, PhD, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael G. Perri, PhD, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Suzanne Phelan, PhD, Kinesiology Department, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Heather M. Polonsky, BS, Center for Obesity Research and Education, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rebecca M. Puhl, PhD, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Hartford, Connecticut; and Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Eric Ravussin, PhD, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

W. Jack Rejeski, PhD, Translational Science Center, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Renee J. Rogers, PhD, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, Department of Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Michael Rosenbaum, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Molecular Genetics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

Robert Ross, PhD, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Donna H. Ryan, MD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

David B. Sarwer, PhD, Center for Obesity Research and Education, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philip R. Schauer, MD, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Learner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Leah M. Schumacher, BS, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marlene B. Schwartz, PhD, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Hartford, Connecticut; and Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Sally A. Sherman, PhD, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, Department of Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jacqueline M. Soegaard Ballester, MD, Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Andrea M. Spaeth, PhD, Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kaitlin Stabbert, BS, Kinesiology Department, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Deborah F. Tate, PhD, Departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Colleen M. Tewksbury, MPH, RD, LDN, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jena Shaw Tronieri, PhD, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Adam G. Tsai, MD, MSc, Center for Human Nutrition, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado

Carmina G. Valle, PhD, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kevin G. M. Volpp, MD, PhD, Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Departments of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, University of Pennsylvania; and Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Steven Z. Wadden, AB, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Department of Psychology, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

Delia S. West, PhD, Technology Center for Healthful Lifestyles, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Noel N. Williams, MD, Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Donald A. Williamson, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alexis C. Wojtanowski, BA, Weight Watchers International, New York, New York
Audience

Weight management practitioners and researchers, including clinical psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurses, counselors, and dietitians.
May serve as a text in graduate-level courses on understanding and managing obesity.
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