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This book explores what obesity is, its causes and implications for health, and the many issues and controversies surrounding it, both in the medical community and within society as a whole. * Offers additional and updated information since the first edition, including expanded coverage of popularly contested topics such as weight loss medications and genetic contributors to obesity* Examines key issues related to obesity, such as whether or not someone can be healthy and obese* Highlights key ideas and debates discussed in the book through illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios* Provides readers with a helpful Directory of Resources to guide their search for additional information

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