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Physical Activity, Obesity & Weight Management Reading List

posted Oct 19, 2014, 2:47 PM by Ben Jane   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 1:39 AM ]
In preparation for a third year undergraduate session on "physical activity, and lifestyle management interventions for managing obesity", I have produced this reading list. I thought it might be useful to post it on this website. 

From The Spectator, Oct, 2013
Akabas, S.R., Lederman, S.A. and Moore, B. (2012) Textbook of Obesity: Biological, Psychological and Cultural Influences. Oxford: Blackwell 

Boseley, S. (2014). The Shape We're in: How Junk Food and Diets are Shortening Our Lives.

Blair, S. N., & LaMonte, M. J. (2006). Commentary: current perspectives on obesity and health: black and white, or shades of grey?. International journal of Epidemiology, 35(1), 69-72 [full text

Blair, S. N. (2009). Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. British journal of sports medicine, 43(1), 1-2.[full text]

Greaves, C. J., Sheppard, K. E., Abraham, C., Hardeman, W., Roden, M., Evans, P. H., & Schwarz, P. (2011). Systematic review of reviews of intervention components associated with increased effectiveness in dietary and physical activity interventions. BMC public health, 11(1), 119 [full text]

Katzmarzyk, P. T., & Lear, S. A. (2012). Physical activity for obese individuals: a systematic review of effects on chronic disease risk factors. Obesity Reviews,13(2), 95-105. [abstract]

Paul-Ebhohimhen, V., & Avenell, A. (2009). A systematic review of the effectiveness of group versus individual treatments for adult obesity. Obesity Facts, 2(1), 17-24 [full text]

Lustig, R. H. (2012). Fat chance: beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease. Penguin.

Murawski, M. E., Milsom, V. A., Ross, K. M., Rickel, K. A., DeBraganza, N., Gibbons, L. M., & Perri, M. G. (2009). Problem solving, treatment adherence, and weight-loss outcome among women participating in lifestyle treatment for obesity. Eating behaviors, 10(3), 146-151 [abstract]

Olander, E. K., Fletcher, H., Williams, S., Atkinson, L., Turner, A., & French, D. P. (2013). What are the most effective techniques in changing obese individuals’ physical activity self-efficacy and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10, 29. [full text]

Wansink & Payne, 2007

Pearson, D. and Grace, C (2012) Weight Management: A practitioners Guide. Oxford: Blackwell

Sciamanna, C. N., Kiernan, M., Rolls, B. J., Boan, J., Stuckey, H., Kephart, D., ... & Dellasega, C. (2011). Practices associated with weight loss versus weight-loss maintenance: results of a national survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(2), 159-166. [full text]

Smith, B. R., Schauer, P., & Nguyen, N. T. (2011). Surgical approaches to the treatment of obesity: bariatric surgery. Medical Clinics of North America, 95(5), 1009-1030. [full text]

Taubes, G. (2011). Why we get fat and what to do about it. Vintage.[ppt]


Townsend, N., & Scriven, A. (2014). Public Health Mini-Guides: Obesity. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2014). Long-term drug treatment for obesity: a systematic and clinical review. JAMA, 311(1), 74-86. [full text]

Public Health England, Obesity http://www.noo.org.uk/

NICE Guidance CG43: Obesity: Guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children [CG43] (2006) 

NICE Guidance PH53: Managing overweight and obesity in adults – lifestyle weight management services [PH53] (May, 2014)