Reviews biological aspects of growth and development, ethnic differences, as well as social and economic factorsPresents an overview of genetic aspects of obesity and how these may be expressed at different stages of the life cycleDiscusses the role of energy expenditure and physical activity in the regulation of body weightProvides a detailed overview of the interplay between physical activity and obesity-related diseases Highlights behavioral and environmental aspects such as food intake, familial patterns, and physical activityAddresses community-level and school-based interventions, and dietary approaches for obesity treatment and prevention Understanding the numerous factors involved with body weight regulation and identifying interventions to prevent or treat the problem is an enormous task in and of itself. Addressing this issue in growing children is further complicated by the diverse challenges specific to children. Because of this, the field of childhood obesity is both extremely specialized and multidisciplinary. Featuring contributions from leading experts, Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention examines the problem of childhood obesity at the social, behavioral, environmental, metabolic, and genetic levels. The book begins with a summary of the epidemiology of childhood obesity, stressing health and economic consequences. Focusing on the etiology of childhood obesity related to the regulation of body weight/energy balance during growth and development, the editors and their panel of experts examine obesity-related diseases in children such as pediatric type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and the metabolic syndrome. They close with detailed reviews of behavioral and environmental aspects and overviews of interventions for treatment and prevention.