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“Highly recommended, both for personal reference and public library parenting and health collections.”—Midwest Book Review

“Your child overeats. Put down the idea that now your job is to be the diet police. This problem is way more important—and way more hopeful—than that. You and your child have a chance to learn how the mind and body work. This wise book will help you and your child learn to see thoughts and feelings for what they really are, making it more possible for your child or teen to make mindful choices, to build healthy habits, and to live a healthy, values-based life without the burden of shame and self-criticism. Turn this problem into the opportunity that it is. This wonderful book will show you how.”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, professor, University of Nevada, co-developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Free Your Child from Overeating helps parents work with their children on health and wellness without stress and worry. This book gives parents and teens all the tools they will need to succeed.”
Marci G. Fox, PhD, licensed psychologist and coauthor of Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens

“Sustainable lifestyle changes require a strong sense of self-love and support. Unfortunately for many overweight kids in America, these essential ingredients are missing.  This handbook provides priceless strategies to help parents and their children raise self-esteem, overcome cravings, and strengthen communication. To achieve lasting success, parents must model healthy, active behavior for their children to emulate. This book will guide parents, step-by-step, one bite at a time.”
Corbin Billings, director of the documentary Bite Size

“Dr. Michelle Maidenberg has written a tour-de-force. Her new book Free Your Child from Overeating is complete, inspiring, and pragmatic. Speaking with a voice that’s both personal and professional, Dr. Maidenberg gives parents and their children the impossible—a way to actually create a space between desire and action, between wanting food and actually eating it, between an impulse and the self-contempt many feel after binging or simply eating when not hungry. Parents will learn new attitudes about food, children will change habits, and even therapists will find some new tricks.”
Mark R. Banschick, MD, author of The Intelligent Divorce

“Getting clear guidance on nutrition and health can be an incredibly frustrating endeavor. Dr. Michelle Maidenberg has the answer! Parents of children who overeat will find a wealth of helpful resources, thought-provoking exercises, and sound advice in this book.”
Craig Haen, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process

Free Your Child from Overeating is an excellent guide that addresses major challengesfacing every overweight child—how to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to eating and lifestyle activities.  Dr. Maidenberg offers specific, useful tools such as ‘Power Cards’ that support thinking and talking about the worries, decisions, and choices that affect children growing up in our overweight world today.”
Sharron Dalton, Phd, RD, author of Our Overweight Children and professor of food studies and public health at New York University

“Dr. Maidenberg’s framework, grounded in mindfulness and the acceptance and commitment method, weaves empathy, unconditional acceptance, and care throughout each activity in this book.  From ‘stinking thinking’ to ‘the cupcake conundrum,’ Dr Maidenberg has created a brilliant guide to help parents and children lead healthier lives.”
Susan Ciardiello, PhD, LCSW, psychotherapist and ADHD coach, author of ACTivities for Group Work with School-Age Children and ACTivities for Group Work with Adolescents

Free Your Child from Overeating is a must-have for those guiding youth toward mindful and healthy lives. It utilizes a step-by-step practical and innovative approach and teaches parents (and others caring for kids such as nutritionists and pediatricians) how to empower kids and teens to take responsibility for their health in a proactive and highly effective manner. I will undoubtedly recommend this book to parents and practitioners caring for and working with kids and teens.”
Ann Goelitz, PhD, LCSW-R, psychotherapist and author of From Trauma to Healing: A Social Worker's Guide to Working with Survivors

“Dr. Maidenberg has consulted the most relevant research and created a comprehensive guide to help parents navigate through this important, yet complex topic. Although the book is very informative and evidence-based, its focus is on communicating pragmatic strategies in a way that is easy for parents and their children to understand. For these reasons, I highly recommend this book to all parents and practitioners working with kids and teens!”
Heather Maguire, PsyD, BCBA-D, assistant professor, department of School Counseling and School Psychology, School of Education, Azusa Pacific University and author of Get Ready…Get Set…Go! It’s Time to Create Behavior Change

“This is an excellent, clearly written, easily understood, and helpful book that presents solutions to the serious problem of overweight children. It helps parents who often feel powerless about helping their child.”
Robert Schachter, EdD, assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“Using a family-based approach, Dr. Maidenberg brilliantly provides a series of user-friendly strategies for implementing behavior change. This book focuses on nutrition habits and behaviors, rather than weight, and provides the missing link for success in pediatric weight management. It is must-read for any family struggling with these issues or looking to introduce more mindfulness around eating. I’m excited to share Free Your Child from Overeating with my clients!”
Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, sports nutritionist and eating disorder expert

“As a clinician, I often see the serious effects of overeating. Dr. Maidenberg’s book is a necessary primer for all parents to start to learn very practical strategies that can set the right tone for helping their kids and teens from the beginning. Free Your Child from Overeating is thoughtful, thorough, practical, and scholarly.”
Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW, founder and executive director of Metro Behavioral Health Associates Eating Disorder Treatment Centers and coauthor of Overcoming Binge Eating for Dummies

“At a time when the oversimplified, and potentially physically and emotionally damaging, calories in/calories out approach to childhood obesity is all too common, Dr. Michelle Maidenberg’s solid, well-researched, and exceedingly practical handbook on family wellness—body, mind, and spirit—reads like a breath of fresh, hopeful, and empowering air. She pairs easily grasped information on mindfulness, values, self-knowledge, and relationships with straightforward, and dare I say, fun exercises on essentials like triggers, communication, and slipups. Free Your Child from Overeating helps families avoid the ‘magic bullet’ mantras and head simply and easily toward a legacy of health.”
Brenda Wollenberg, BSW, RHN, author of Overweight Kids in a Toothpick World and founder of In Balance Wellness and Weight Release Programs

About the Author

Michelle P. Maidenberg, PhD, MPH, LCSW-R, is the president and clinical director of Westchester Group Works and cofounder and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Her cognitive-behavioral therapy program is used with children and teens at Camp Shane and with young adults and adults at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts. She teaches at New York University and has been quoted in The New York Times, Fitness, Parenting, and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (March 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615192700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615192700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the family-based approach to the issues surrounding food struggles, as well as the beautifully articulated and user-friendly strategies for implementing lasting change. This book is so much more than a book about eating issues for teens. It's truly about making long life changes in many areas of one's life. This book is multifaceted and comprehensive in that is addresses both the dietary and nutrition habits as well as the associated thoughts and behaviors that often come along with eating and other issues. It is an engaging must-read for every parent and health professional and it goes way beyond issues surrounding food by bringing more mindfulness into all aspects of life.
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Dr. Michelle Maidenberg's book, Free Your Child from Overeating, is a practical, well-researched guide to life-long changes relating to how kids perceive and interact with food and their bodies. Dr. Maidenberg provides many easy to use and helpful exercises throughout the book, with explanations as to why each exercise impacts change. Parents and children are taken through a step-by-step process in a fun, innovative and mindful way. We really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to using it with many patients in the future!

- Brittany Kugler, Ph.D., and Joanna Robin, Ph.D., Westchester Anxiety Treatment, White Plains, NY.
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This book offers a truly comprehensive approach to the subject - packed with research findings but presented in an easy-to-read way. One additional great feature - lots of terrific mindfulness exercises at the end of the book. Worth trying!
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Love it, love it, LOVE IT!! So practical and easy to grasp. Actually, truth be told in a "practice what you preach" frame of mind, I learned more for MYSELF than for my kids. Michelle's style is helpful without being judgmental, and I feel empowered with the right tools to both teach and SHOW my 3 athletic young boys how to eat right and for the right reasons. Thanks, Michelle!
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