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Always the Fat Kid: The Truth About the Enduring Effects of Childhood Obesity Hardcover – March 26, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230341772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230341777
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A chronicle of the painful, long-term effects of being a “fat kid.”… [And a] useful call to arms in the fight against childhood obesity.”--Kirkus

“Children are growing up in an environment that simultaneously glorifies super skinny bodies and eating unhealthy junk food, leading to many children’s unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies.  Parents need all the help they can get understanding the problem and what they can do to help their children resist or recover from these harmful forces.  A book for our times, Always the Fat Kid deals with the issues in a comprehensive and highly practical way.  It will help all parents do a better job promoting healthy food and eating habits with their kids for life.”--Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., professor of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College and co-author of So Sexy So Soon    

“A page-turner. Always the Fat Kid is a must-read for parents or anyone who works with children.”-- Kelly Dorfman, M.S., clinical nutritionist and author of the award winning What's Eating Your Child?

"This is a book we can all relate to, some painfully so. Issues of weight, body image, culture, and identity are critical for healthy development, a process often curtailed by the media. A  much needed book that helps us unpack the complexity of information in the culture about our bodies, ourselves, the complications it leds to in relationships. A must read for parents, clinicians, and anyone interested in the effects of childhood obesity."--Debra Merskin, professor, University of Oregon

"Always the Fat Kid comprehensively explores the underlying causes of childhood obesity and the impact this condition has on children, the adults they become and the social structure they exist within.  It is an excellent resource for parents, educators and all individuals concerned with understanding and ultimately halting this very personal and very public problem."--Rafael Cervantes, professor, St. Catherine University

About the Author

Jacob C. Warren, PhD and K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD are the co-executive directors of the Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern University.  They have published numerous scientific articles on health behaviors, social influences on mental health, and the impact of obesity on children.

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Jacob C. Warren, Ph.D., is a native of Georgia. He earned Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Biology from Georgia Southern University, as well as a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is the Rufus Harris Endowed Chair in Rural Health and Health Disparities and the Director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities in Mercer University's School of Medicine. Dr. Warren is a behavioral epidemiologist, studying the cause, impact, and spread of behaviorally-linked health outcomes such as obesity. He has received more than $6 million in federal grants to support his research and outreach, including funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration. He has published numerous scientific articles on health behaviors and the impact of obesity on children.

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By James on August 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Admitting I cannot speak from experience, I imagine there is a part of every parent that exists entirely to ensure the protection of their offspring. Parents go to great lengths in attempts to explain to and protect their children from every hazard imaginable. While the flashy dangers of house fire or kidnapping sufficiently occupy parents, the devastating truth provided by Warren and Smalley in Always the Fat Kid is that the most pressing evil threatening American children is the seemingly altogether uninteresting chance of heart disease and the cause of the majority of its cases, obesity.

The malevolence of America's obesity epidemic materializes in more ways than simply physical risk. The book explains clearly and methodically that the emotional trauma sustained by obese children manifests itself repeatedly in destructive patterns, possibly for the rest of their lives. As the title implies, once a child has suffered the physical and mental pains of obesity during some of their most formative years, almost every aspect of that person's adult life can be altered by its prolonged and often hidden effects.

Two ex fat-kids themselves, our PhD authors write passionately and knowledgeably on every aspect of childhood obesity. The text is quite accessible; for how academic its goals are, Warren and Smalley offer layman's terms and thorough explanation on every topic, although this often feels extraneous. The book seems to aim to be a useful resource for child caretakers and medical professionals alike, and I feel it succeeds. The balance of evidence and analysis presented is both informative and persuasive.
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By Taylor on July 21, 2013
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Great, easy read. Every parent, researcher, and child advocate should read this book. Originally satisfied a requirement for a child psych class I am taking, but became much more valuable when I started reading.
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Full disclosure -- I am the father of one of the authors.

I am now a middle school math teacher who sees the issue in real time every day. The authors review of the causes and results of childhood obesity is spot on, and in my 10-years in the classroom is getting worse every day.

There has been a lot of press in the past couple of years about the issue, but much of it has been a couple of pages at most. This book gives a thorough review of the issue and the current state is worse than many are aware of. The "cures" are not easy, but time is against the future of our children and grandchildren. Read the book, learn from it, and act to change the future of our children and country. Time is not on our side.
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