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Obesity 

Obesity
Chapter:
Obesity
Author(s):

David Coghill

, Sally Bonnar

, Sandra L. Duke

, Johnny Graham

, and Sarah Seth

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199234998.003.0025
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date: 29 March 2020

Definitions 366

Epidemiology and aetiology 368

Assessment 370

Co-morbidity and consequences of obesity 371

Management 372

Prognosis, course, and outcomes 374

Clinical examples 376

Recommended reading 378

Obesity in children and adolescents is not, by itself, a psychiatric disorder, indeed in our current climate it is more of a public health issue. However, certain conditions have to be excluded in the investigation of obesity and, without doubt, obesity in childhood is the cause of much misery, and can be a precursor to psychological problems and, indeed, to psychiatric disorder....

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