Tailored for 13- to 19-year-old girls (sorry, guys) The Diet for Teenagers Only
dishes up a sensible balance of recipes, weight loss strategies, and straight talk about food. Writing partners Carrie Wiatt (Eating by Design
) and Barbara Schroeder convey all the messages nutrition-wise moms want their daughters to hear--in an informed, best-friend voice their teens will actually listen to.
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 based in Los Angeles, and on-air correspondent for Extra!
She was awarded the prestigious Gracie Award for her work on a mini-documentary about child abuse. Shroeder has a masters degree in communications, and has a teenage son and daughter who are gradually learning to like the “healthy stuff!”
Carrie Wiatt is the author of Eating by Design
and Portion Savvy
, and the owner of Diet Designs, a Los Angeles-based nutritional counseling firm. She was the host of her own syndicated television show, and co-hosted Lifetime’s Speaking of Women’s Health
. She has appeared as a dietary expert on a number of national television shows, including The View
and Good Morning America
. She lives in Los Angeles, has a masters degree in nutrition and food science, and is raising her 4-year-old daughter to eat right... from the start.