New book applies Systems Thinking to address Obesity Problem

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Tarek Abdel-Hamid
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New book applies Systems Thinking to address Obesity Problem

Post by Tarek Abdel-Hamid » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:31 am

Colleagues:
Newly published systems book — Thinking in Circles about Obesity: Applying Systems Thinking to Weight Management — argues for, and presents a Systems Thinking perspective for thinking about and addressing the obesity problem.

In Thinking in Circles about Obesity, system dynamicist Tarek K. Abdel Hamid applies systems thinking to provide a deeper understanding of / insight into how human energy and weight regulation works, why it works that way, and how to better manage it.

The obesity problem is a “natural” (a “killer” ?) application for systems thinking. Human energy and weight regulation is a complex of nested feedback processes at multiple levels—the homeostatic processes at the physiologic level, between the physiologic and the behavioral, and between people and their external environment. The feedback lens of systems thinking, thus, provides leverage in understanding not only how human weight/energy is controlled and regulated but also the all important reciprocal interactions between people and their environment.

While already commonplace in engineering and in business, the use of systems thinking in personal health is less widely adopted. Yet this is precisely the setting where complexities are most problematic and where the stakes are highest.

Attached is a book flyer containing:
• Book cover
• Book’s Outline
• Table of Contents
• Info about Author
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