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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605294845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294841
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right is a smart, creative way to start changing a growing problem in America.  It gives kids and their parents a fun way to learn and apply healthy knowledge to everyday activities. I can't wait to share it with my own kids one day!"  –Ali Vincent, winner of The Biggest Loser and author of Believe It, Be It
 
 “Finally, a medically-sound weight reduction program that will improve the health of our children and promote life-long healthy food choices.  Dr. Dolgoff’s Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right will turn the tide of the obesity epidemic we confront daily in our practices.  Highly recommended!”  –Joseph Levy, M.D., Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

About the Author

 JOANNA DOLGOFF, MD, is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU Medical School. A specialist in child and adolescent weight management, she owns two pediatric practices.

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We have a long way to go toward getting him to eat better, but I think this book is going to help make a difference.
A. Looby
This is a really helpful book for me my daughter is a picky eater and I was able to prepare quick and easy foods that she loves.
j
I found this book to be great and a must read for any parent who worries if they are giving their kids the proper foods.
Sam T

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Williams on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all I want to say, I did not read this book to help my daughter lose weight but to maintain and healthy weight and learn good nutrition. So my judgment may be different then others.

First the good. The concept is good and very appealing to kids. It is a great way to teach kids portion control. You get so many green foods a day and you can trade green foods to get yellow. You also get two red foods a week. Non sweetened fruit and veggies are unlimited. There are also some good diagrams such as hunger and fulness scale, and how to measure portion sizes.

The bad. There are a lot of green foods that are not nutritious. Example: Lucky Charms, white bread and white pasta, totino pizza rolls, candy corn, jelly beans, peeps, 100 cal packs and so on. And while I believe everything in moderation, I don't feel this is good way to teach nutrition. Also she uses a lot of Splenda. So if you have reservations about this you will want to use something else.

So over all I think there are parts of this book that I found helpful, but I wouldn't follow it to the T. I do recommend any of Tosca Reno's books. She does have a book geared towards children, The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think we all need a bit of a kick-start in the new year by eating right, especially with our kids! Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right is fabulous, not just for the parent of a child who is overweight, but for all parents. I can already tell you from experience this book is changing how I help my child who is struggling with weight. We were getting portion control right, but now I see our calories and fat amount was way way off.. so wonder we've hit a wall with his weight loss. I love that a Pediatrician created this program and that Dr. Dolgoff is so responsive. She is both on twitter and facebook!

No Calorie Counting, No Dieting, No Off-Limit Foods!
This is the promise of Dr. Dolgoff's food solution nutrition book. The book contains 11 chapters, with titles like:
* Coming to terms: Is your child really overweight?
* High Performance Breakfasts
* Dinner Destinations
and
* Restaurants: Be Prepared
See? Even restaurant dining is not off limits. That was one of the first things I noticed in Dr. Dolgoff's philosphy back last summer: Make healthy choices and still enjoy the foods and places you love.

Dr. Dolgoff's fabulous explanation and categorizing while 'Teaching the Rules of the Road' and how to use her system of Green Light foods (Go!) , Yellow Light foods (Slow down!) and Red Light foods (Uh Oh!) is easy to read easy to use! A simple game plan for understanding and itemizing the foods you already eat (while encouraging new healthy high fiber foods) into Green, Yellow and Red signals.

Dr. Dolgoff claims a 96 percent success rate! That's reason enough for me to get on board. Start driving the Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right express.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kimm Hunt on August 17, 2011
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The concept is great (red, yellow, and green-light foods), but many of the foods this author recommends are terrible. If you don't mind feeding your kids plenty of toxic artificial "food-stuffs," I guess this program will work for weight loss. I do not want my child drowning in "sugar-free breakfast syrup" (a green-light food... yes, you can have as much as you want), so I can't use this book. I don't want to teach her to rely on unhealthy fake foods for weight loss and maintenance.

Some of the recipes included in the book are good. But it would be hard to do the program without the saccharine and fat-free hot dogs because it is pretty calorie-restricted. 100 calories for breakfast is recommended for the weight loss phase for 10yo girls. That's not many!

Maybe someday this author will learn more about nutrition and rewrite the book to reflect better food choices. It would be great if it wasn't so focused on fat-free, sugar-free processed foods.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By health nut on January 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am very educated on nutrition for myself and my family. This book gives fantastic recommendations for healthy kids meals. The best part is that the meals are very simple and quick to make. The book offers suggestions for meals on the go and for those times when you need dinner in a hurry. Most of all these are meals my boys will actually like to eat. My boys are in Kindergarten and have enjoyed the items we've made so far. This is a quick read and a wonderful reference tool for busy moms. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
My daughter has been heavy since the day she was born @ 10LB 12OZ, 8 years ago. She LOVES to eat but is starting to hate the effects of being heavy (like feeling different from other kids and not being as good at sports and such). This book not only gives me a foundation for talking with her about making changes (as opposed to me vapidly nagging and talking abstractly about making good choices), but also a simple, straightforward guide upon which she can base her good food related decisions. I think reading this book together takes a lot of the "sting" out of talking about her excess weight (and mine) and gives her tools she can use to change her eating habits for life.

She likes the book, she gets the concepts, she is making progress.
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