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Abstract

Obesity is the leading nutrition-related disorder of clinical and public-health concern in affluent societies, affecting up to 15-20 % of the population in various European countries. The incidence of obesity is rapidly increasing in all age groups, particularly children and adolescents. Advances in basic research have increased our understanding of the body's weight-control system at the molecular level, paving the way for new methods of obesity control. However, many aspects of energy metabolism and of the functions of the adipose organ still need to be better understood. Genetic as well as environmental factors play important roles in the development of obesity. Advances in genomic and post-genomic technologies offer powerful approaches to identify the full spectrum of gene-environment interactions involved. The development of functional foods opens novel opportunities to improve health via nutrition, and might make an interesting contribution to the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related diseases.

This study contains 36 papers contributed by researchers working in this area.

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Authors: PALOU A, Departament de Biologia Fonamental i Ciències de la Salut, Universitat de les Iles Balears, Palma de Mallorca (ES);BONET M L (EDITORS), Departament de Biologia Fonamental i Ciències de la Salut, Universitat de les Iles Balears, Palma de Mallorca (ES);SERRA F (EDITOR), Nutrition and Food Sciences, Dept. of Fundamental Biology and Health Sciences, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20479 EN (2002), pp.409. Euro: 60.00
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20479-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL: http://publications.eu/general/en/publications_en.htm
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4292-1
Record Number: 200315854 / Last updated on: 2003-02-03
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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