Understanding obesity by asking the right questions

Perspect Biol Med. Winter 2010;53(1):148-51. doi: 10.1353/pbm.0.0139.


Obesity, once considered a sign of wealth and high stature in the community, is now a global health problem and one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Although weight gain occurs when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure, the causes and treatment are more complex than the simple energy balance equation would suggest. A new text on the subject challenges us to think out of the box for answers and solutions.

MeSH terms

  • Child Nutrition Sciences
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Food Preferences
  • Humans
  • Obesity* / etiology
  • Obesity* / prevention & control
  • Obesity* / psychology