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Dr. Sears' L.E.A.N. Kids: A Total Health Program for Children Ages 6-12 Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 064163708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0641637087
  • ASIN: B0006BD870
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Pediatrician guru William Sears turns away from his characteristically warm and fuzzy tone, teaming with co-authors Sears (his son Peter, also a doctor) and Foy to issue a dire warning about childhood obesity. According to the authors, children get "overfat" from eating the wrong food and not being active enough; kids today spend more time watching TV or staring at screens than they do in physical play. Often, while they're watching they're eating fast food or junk food. Sears attributes later adult diseases such as cancer and diabetes to a sedentary, unhealthful life style, connecting his own bout with colon cancer to the fact that he was a fat child. To combat the "overfat and underfit" problem, the authors guide parents of kids 6 to 12 through a comprehensive plan addressing lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition (The LEAN Kids Program) intended to encourage kids to become "lean" (rather than skinny or thin). This is not a weight-loss program, but rather a guide to help kids avoid weight gain. Included are helpful suggestions to get kids moving, with age-appropriate exercises for kids, such as strength building using stretch bands or tubing rather than weights, which may damage young bones. Rife with practical information on nutrition and health, this is one of Sears's best books yet, presenting a workable plan to keep children lean and strong and to set a healthy foundation for their future.
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About the Author

Dr. William Sears, M.D., father of eight and author of 24 books, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

Peter Sears, M.D., is a Family Practice resident at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. Sean Foy, M.A., is a Stanford-trained fitness expert and director of the Personal Wellness Corporation in Orange County, CA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Simple but very practical.
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Great stories to help kids understand the change in eating habits!
Monica Galaviz
I am grateful for having read this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karen B Mielke on October 23, 2003
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As a pediatrician, diabetic, and mother of two boys, I had nearly given up hope for finding sound advice on teaching kids good lifesyle, exercise and nutrition habits in today's world. This is THE book for motivated, devoted parents who are willing to do what it takes to raise healthy, happy children. Wholistic and practical, scientific and compelling all at once. Worth every penny and more. Thank you Dr. Sears!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
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Dr. Sears' L.E.A.N. Kids is just what it says - a total health program for children ages 6-12. But it is also so much more! The authors have tackled the growing problem of unhealthy, sedentary, and overweight children in our society. Dr. Sears expresses a strong wish to help all children be lean - that means not skinny but healthy! He has developed a total program to aide in this endeavor and it is excellent.

Dr. Sears outlines a very thorough plan called the "L.E.A.N. Kids program" that helps kids become lean and healthy and avoid these health pitfalls of modern life. His plan addresses lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition.

While this book might be exceptionally helpful for the parent of a child who is struggling with a weight problem, it will be indispensable for ALL families who want their children to grow up healthy, happy and strong. This book is relevant to parents of children of all ages - from a mom with a newborn, who will benefit from knowing all these things BEFORE bad habits set in, to the mother of a teen who needs to be guided away from junk food and video games and toward a fun, positive, healthy lifestyle.

This is a great program and very inspiring. After reading this book, our family made a few changes in our diet [though we learned about nutrition from Dr. Sears many years ago and already were eating pretty well!], but we made drastic changes in our activity levels. We have begun running together as a family at a local track three nights a week, doing yoga with the kids, and working in other types of exercise in fun ways. Our children LOVE it! They are so glad mommy got this book! We were surprised at the enthusiasm we got from our kids when we started the program - they WANT to do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Branner, MA on April 9, 2008
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Simple but very practical. If all parents and pediatricians followed this plan the health picture of our children would be following a different path.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on April 21, 2010
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I believe this program will be good to improve Asthma symptoms over time by addressing fitness and allergies (food).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Galaviz on December 21, 2009
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Great book! Very informative and easy to understand. Great stories to help kids understand the change in eating habits!
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More About the Author

William Sears, M.D., received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He has practiced as a pediatrician for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. The Searses are the parents of eight children. Drs. Robert and James Sears are both board-certified pediatricians at the Sears Family Pediatric Practice in San Clemente, California. All four authors live in southern California. More information about the Searses can be found at www.SearsParenting.com and www.AskDrSears.com.