Lauren Stutts, visiting assistant professor of health and human values, has published Childhood and Adolescent Obesity (2016, Momentum Press), part of the Child Clinical Psychology "Nuts and Bolts" Collection.
It is a timely and practical addition to the literature. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, with more than a third in each category overweight or obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stutts' book covers the development and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity from a biopsychosocial perspective. She addresses the extent of the obesity epidemic and how obesity is defined and assessed in children, and chronicles the varying causes and contributors to childhood obesity, as well as the physical, psychological and social consequences of it. Stutts also details how childhood obesity is assessed by psychologists and the potential psychological disorders related to obesity.
An intervention section looks at a community-based perspective often lacking in the literature and specifically addresses underserved populations. She concludes with practical case studies, discussion questions and case recommendations.
A graduate of Davidson College and the University of Florida, Stutts' research area is health/medical psychology with a focus on rehabilitation populations. She also studies college student resiliency, health and wellbeing.
View Childhood and Adolescent Obesity at Momentum Press.