Nutrition, Behavior, and the Developmental Origins of the Metabolic Syndrome



A handful of unifying perspectives have guided theory and even research related to the metabolic syndrome and its associated abnormalities. A broad look at the most popular of these adds another dimension to the clinical knowledgebase that we have and also helps us to better characterize findings and unknowns. This chapter will take such an approach and attempt to highlight some of the
outstanding perspectives in an attempt to reconcile the metabolic syndrome with the goals and frame of reference of this book. First, of course, it is important to have a handle on what the metabolic syndrome represents nosologically and why it can be such a difficult construct to get a firm grip on.