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The obesity epidemic has a disproportionate impact on communities that are hard-hit by social and economic disadvantages. In Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities, a diverse group of researchers explores effective models for treating and preventing obesity in such communities. The volume provides overviews of the literature at specific junctures of society and health (e.g., the effectiveness of preschool obesity prevention programs), as well as commentaries that shape our understanding of particular parts of the obesity epidemic and field reports on innovative approaches to combating obesity in racial/ethnic minority and other medically underserved populations in the United States. Authors make specific recommendations to policy makers which are designed to reverse the rising rate of obesity dramatically. The thirty-one literature reviews, commentaries, and field reports collected here address obesity prevention and treatment programs implemented across a spectrum of underserved populations, with particular attention paid to children and adolescents. Aimed at students, clinicians, and community workers in public health and health policy, as well as family medicine and pediatrics, sociology, childhood education, and nutrition—and deeply informed by fieldwork—this book demonstrates the importance of taking a full contextual view, both historical and current, when considering the challenge of reversing upward obesity trends among ethnic minorities, impoverished people, and other underserved populations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Editorial series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Advancing a New Conversation about Obesity in the Underserved
  2. Virginia Brennan, PhD, MA, Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Ruth Enid Zambrana, PhD
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: Literature Reviews
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. The Potential of Early Childhood Education as a Successful Obesity Intervention
  2. David E. Frisvold, PhD, Animesh Giri, PhD
  3. pp. 25-42
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  1. 2. Latino Childhood Obesity
  2. Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, Kipling Gallion, MA, Cliff Despres, BS
  3. pp. 43-62
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  1. 3. Is That All There Is? A Comprehensive Review of Obesity Prevention and Treatment Interventions for African American Girls
  2. Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH, Maryam M. Jernigan, PhD, MA
  3. pp. 63-79
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  1. 4. Dietary Acculturation in U.S. Hispanic Communities
  2. Earle C. Chambers, PhD, MPH, Margaret Pichardo, MPH, Nichola Davis, MD
  3. pp. 80-105
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  1. 5. Obesity in Correctional Facilities: A Review of Epidemiology and Etiology
  2. Kimberly Dong, MS, RD, Alice Tang, PhD
  3. pp. 106-122
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  1. 6. Weight Loss Interventions in the Mexican American Community
  2. Natalie A. Ceballos, PhD
  3. pp. 123-148
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  1. Part II: Commentaries
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 7. In the Way or On the Way? Asking Ourselves about the Role of Contextual Factors in Community- Based Obesity Research
  2. Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, T. Elaine Prewitt, DrPH, JoAnne Banks, PhD, RN, Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD
  3. pp. 151-161
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  1. 8. The Importance of Public Safety in Promoting Physical Activity and Curbing Obesity within African American Communities
  2. Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH, Lauren M. Rossen, PhD, MS, Caterina Roman, PhD, Melicia C. Whitt- Glover, PhD, Laura C. Leviton, PhD
  3. pp. 162-175
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  1. 9. Military and Civilian Approaches to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic
  2. Robert S. Levine, MD, Barbara J. Kilbourne, PhD, Courtney J. Kihlberg, MD, MSPH, Janice S. Emerson, PhD, Irwin Goldzweig, MS, Paul Juarez, PhD, Roger Zoorob, MD, MPH
  3. pp. 176-192
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  1. 10. A Healthy Weight Disparity Index and Reducing Rates of Obesity and Overweight in the United States
  2. Wendell C. Taylor, PhD, MPH, Leah S. Fischer, PhD
  3. pp. 193-202
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  1. Part III: Reports from the Field
  2. pp. 203-204
  1. 11. Obesity Management Organized by Adolescents in Rural Appalachia
  2. Robert A. Branch, MD, FRCP, Ann L. Chester, PhD, Sara Hanks, BS, MPH Candidate, Summer Kuhn, BS, MPH Candidate, Mary McMillion, BS, MA, Catherine Morton- McSwain, MSEd, Stephanie Paulsen, Uday Kiran Para, MS, BTech, Yvonne Cannon, RN, CCRC, Stephen J. Groark
  3. pp. 205-213
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  1. 12. Winning Over Weight Wellness: A Culturally Relevant, Interactive Health Program for Underserved Faith- Based Groups
  2. Fern Webb, PhD, Michelle Doldren, EdD, MPH, Shirley Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA
  3. pp. 214-220
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  1. 13. Latino Migrant Middle School Students as Videographers: Learning about Healthy Choices
  2. Jill F. Kilanowski, PhD, APN, CPNP, FAAN
  3. pp. 221-228
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  1. 14. Creating Healthy Environments in Los Angeles through Joint Use of School Facilities
  2. Martha V. Cortes, MA
  3. pp. 229-235
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  1. 15. The Idaho Partnership for Hispanic Health: Enabling Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Idaho
  2. Rachel Schwartz, MSW, MPH, Linda Powell, MS, CPT
  3. pp. 236-242
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  1. 16. Alliance for a Healthy Border: Obesity Prevention in Underserved U.S.-Mexico Border Communities
  2. Suad Ghaddar, PhD, Cynthia J. Brown, PhD, José A. Pagán, PhD
  3. pp. 243-254
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  1. 17. Comienzo Sano: Familia Saludable: Addressing Latino Childhood Obesity through a Community-Based Participatory Research and Bilingual Family-Focused Curriculum
  2. Britt Rios- Ellis, PhD, Melawhy Garcia- Vega, MPH, Gail Frank, DrPH, RD, CHES, Natalia Gatdula, MPH, Gino Galvez, PhD
  3. pp. 255-262
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  1. 18. Fine, Fit, and Fabulous: Addressing Obesity in Underserved Communities through a Faith-Based Nutrition and Fitness Program
  2. Carlos Devia, MA, Charmaine Ruddock, MS, Maxine Golub, MPH, Loyce Godfrey, BS, Jill Linnell, MPH, Linda Weiss, PhD, Jaime Gutierrez, MPH, Rosa Rosen, JD, Joyce Davis, BA, Neil Calman, MD
  3. pp. 263-274
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  1. 19. Changes for Life: A Primary Care–Based Multidisciplinary Program for Obesity in Children and Families
  2. Hollie A. Raynor, PhD, RD, Jena Saporito, PhD, Parinda Khatri, PhD
  3. pp. 275-281
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  1. 20. The West Virginia PEIA Weight Management Program: An Innovative Approach to Obesity Prevention and Treatment in Appalachian Communities
  2. Sam Zizzi, EdD, Christiaan Abildso, PhD, MPH, Nidia Henderson, MPA, Kaitlyn Cobb, BS
  3. pp. 282-289
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  1. 21. SOPHE: Sustainable Solutions for Health Equity
  2. Nicolette Warren, MS, MCHES, Charlotte Kaboré, MS, MPH, MCHES
  3. pp. 290-298
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  1. 22. The Prevention of Obesity in Homeless Shelter Settings
  2. Melissa Bennett, MD, Melissa Berrios, MSW, Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW
  3. pp. 299-305
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  1. 23. Get FIT (Fitness Integration Training): A Program to Reduce Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Caregivers
  2. Laurie DiRosa, EdD, Thomas Pote, BA, Barbara Wilhite, EdD, Leslie Spencer, PhD
  3. pp. 306-312
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  1. 24. The PILI ‘Ohana Project: A Community-Academic Partnership to Eliminate Obesity Disparities in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities
  2. Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD, Claire Townsend, MPH, Ka’imi Sinclair, PhD, Donna- Marie Palakiko, RN, MS, Emily Mahiki, MSW, Sheryl R. Yoshimura, RD, MPH, JoHsi Wang, Puni Kekauoha, Adrienne Dillard, MSW, Cappy Solatorio, Claire Hughes, DrPH, Shari Gamiao, Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau, MD
  3. pp. 313-324
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  1. 25. Nutrition Education at Mobile Markets: Community-Engaged, Evidence-Based Interventions to Address Obesity in Low-Income Neighborhoods in Milwaukee
  2. Paul Hunter, MD, Courtenay Kessler, MS, David Frazer, MPH, Yvonne D. Greer, MPH, RD, CD, David Nelson, PhD, Amy Harley, PhD, MPH, RD, Rosamaria Martinez, MBA, RD, Michelle Thate, MPH, Paulette Flynn
  3. pp. 325-336
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  1. 26. Report from a Pediatric Weight Management Program: Lessons Learned from Six Years of Experience with a Largely Medicaid-Based Population
  2. Jessica M. Parrish, PhD, Elizabeth Getzoff , PhD, Kenneth Gelfand, PhD, Michelle Demeule, MS, RD/LDN, Ann Scheimann, MD, MBA
  3. pp. 337-343
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  1. 27. Healthy Children, Strong Families: Obesity Prevention for Preschool American Indian Children and Their Families
  2. Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Kate A. Cronin, MPH, HCSF Community Research Group
  3. pp. 344-352
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  1. 28. A Structured Weight Management Program for Obese Patients in an Urban Safety-Net Hospital Center
  2. Michelle McMacken, MD, Sarah Moore, MD, Diana Randlett, MD, Lisa Parikh, MD
  3. pp. 353-361
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  1. 29. Creating Safe Neighborhoods for Obesity Prevention: Perceptions of Urban Youth
  2. Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH, Rebecca Butcher, MS, PT, MPH, Cynthia Carlson, PE, PhD, Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPH
  3. pp. 362-369
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  1. 30. Peer Influence on Obesity-Related Behaviors: Design and Rationale of the Waipahu HART Project
  2. Camonia R. Long, PhD, CHES, Heather Glow, MPH, CHES, Claudio Nigg, PhD
  3. pp. 370-378
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  1. 31. Walking Groups: A Simple, Affordable Intervention Program for Public Housing Developments
  2. Deborah J. Bowen, PhD, Aurelia Rus, MPH, Clelia Beltrame, MPH, Mathilda Drayton, Mary Jane Williams, MS, Rachel Goodman, MA
  3. pp. 379-388
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 389-398
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