Food, Diet and Obesity. Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition

  • ID: 2735947
  • October 2005
  • 544 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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The global obesity epidemic is arguably the most serious health issue facing the food industry today. Food manufacturers are under increasing pressure over both the degree to which they are seen as contributing to the problem, and the role they should play in solving it. Drawing on the expertise of many of the world's leading experts in this area, Food, diet and obesity summarises the key research on the links between obesity and diet. Topics discussed include trends in obesity, the evidence behind popular diets and meal replacers, the effectiveness of fat and sugar replacers in food, emerging issues such as the value of the glycemic index, protein content and calcium in weight control, and potential functional food targets and ingredients for weight control.

After an introductory chapter on global trends in obesity, part one looks at the range of contributing factors to obesity, from nutrient-gene interactions, energy metabolism and physical activity to sensory responses to food, portion size and the psychology of overeating. Part two looks at macronutrients and their role in weight gain or loss, with chapters on topics such as energy density, dietary fat, carbohydrates, protein READ MORE >

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Global trends in obesity. Part 1 Contributing factors: Nutrient-gene interactions contributing to the development of obesity
Energy metabolism and obesity
Physical activity and obesity
Childhood obesity, nutrition and metabolic health
The psychology of overeating
Sensory responses, food acceptance and obesity
Portion size and food intake. Part 2 Macronutrient influences on weight loss: Energy density and weight control
Dietary fat and weight control
Carbohydrates, glycemic responses and weight control
Protein intake and weight control
Alcohol, energy balance and obesity
The use of fat replacers for weight loss and control
Intense sweeteners and sugar replacers in the regulation of food intake and body weight
Dietary fibre and weight control. Part 3 Commercial strategies, functional targets and agents in weight control: Consumer determinants and intervention strategies for obesity prevention
Fat oxidation, appetite and weight control
The use of very low calorie diets (VLCDs) and meal replacers for weight control
The effectiveness of popular diets: An overview
Calcium and obesity
Community-based approaches to prevent obesity
Behavioural and metabolic targets for the prevention and control of obesity
A commercial R&D perspective on weight control foods.

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Mela, D
Dr David Mela is a senior scientist and leader of the Energy, Weight Control & Performance expertise group at the Unilever Health Institute in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. He has an international reputation for his work on the determinants and relationships amongst consumer behaviour, food intake and weight control.

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