Trust builds as readers discover "Things They Never Told You;" like how puberty naturally increases a girls body fat, diet soda promotes weight gain, and carbohydrates arent all bad. No mention of ideal weight spoils the fun, here; rather, Wiatt and Schroeder utilize an age-appropriate BMI (Body Mass Index) to help judge whos truly overweight and who simply needs "a better body image reality check." Doodled stars and hearts further enliven the books chummy tone, but never upstage the important stuff: food portion guides; nutrients for healthy bodies; calorie requirements based on BMI ranges; low-fat cooking techniques and recipes; weekly menus and shopping strategies for weight loss; and discussions about how a teens emotions often drive her eating cycle. Q & A sections slip between meatier chapters, allowing tough issues like fasting, cravings, and eating disorders to be addressed with empathy and pragmatism. Surprisingly helpful are the restaurant and vending machine guidelines, featuring side-by-side substitution lists, titled "Eat This" and "Not That". Brimming with loving encouragement and the wisdom of gals who have been there, The Diet for Teenagers Only sends a clear message to girls: form good habits now.--Liane Thomas
About the Author
Barbara Schroeder is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has written for magazines and worked with the national television show Extra! She is a documentary film maker and lives in Los Angeles. She has a teenage son and daughter and four step-children, who are all learning about eating the "healthy stuff!"
Carrie Wiatt is the author of Eating by Design and Portion Savvy and the owner of Diet Designs, Inc., a nutritional counseling firm and diet gourmet food business. She appeared as a dietary expert on The View and Good Morning America. Wiatt has a master's degree in nutrition and food science and lives in Los Angeles, where she is raising her daughter to eat right . . . from the start.