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Part VI: Obesity and Weight Management: Introduction

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Part VI of this book covers a topic that is of major concern for many of the clients with whom health and fitness professionals work on a daily basis. The latest information on the science of obesity is covered in Chapter 22, with a focus on the adverse health consequences of this condition. Chapter 23 provides current information on body composition assessment techniques and focuses on the accuracy and limitations of each technique. Chapter 24, the final chapter in this section, provides information on the components of a successful weight-management program. Understanding behavior change is a major focus of Chapter 24 because it plays such a critical role in helping people adopt effective weight-management strategies. The synergistic role of sound exercise and nutritional programming is also highlighted, as are practical suggestions for relapse prevention.

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