Book review: Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches

Community nursing reference guide on nutrition and childhood obesity 

Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches
Michael I Goran
CRC Press
£108.00 | 502pp
ISBN: 9781498720656

This book is a clear, up-to-date and well referenced guide on the continuing issue of childhood obesity.

There is no particular nursing focus and the book might also appeal to a wider number of healthcare professionals, including dietitians, psychologists and paediatricians.

Nurses in a community setting are likely to meet many children with weight problems and the sections on nutrition and prevention of obesity are thought-provoking. Endocrine nurses might find the section on metabolic consequences, such as insulin-resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus of interest.

I would not necessarily recommend that individual nurses buy this book unless they plan to run an obesity clinic. However, it definitely deserves a place in the hospital or department library.

Angela Casey, former senior specialist endocrine nurse, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

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