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Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic--What Every Parent Needs to Know Hardcover – November 19, 2003


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"offers much valuable advice on how parents and communities can address [obesity]. [U]nderstanding obesity is not easy." -- New York Times

A reassuring, practical book that will help both parents and children lead healthier lives....a refreshing response...highly recommended. -- Library Journal

Clearly written. Covers a range of useful information...the root causes of obesity...the lure and danger of fad diets. -- Contemporary Pediatrics, March 2004

I found the overall practical presentation in this book very helpful...The information on anorexia and bulimia is very good. -- Doody Reviews

Presents a new perspective on how to solve the obesity crisis...the tools needed to develop wellness in children. -- Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Aug 2004

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The dangers of childhood obesity are real. The future health consequences for our children cannot be avoided. How did we get to this crisis point? And what do we, as responsible parents, educators, and citizens do to reclaim the health of generations to come? Underage & Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Crisis--What Every Family Needs to Know is a clarion call to American society. Childhood obesity expert, Frances Berg clearly and concisely examines the scope of the current problem, its root causes, the medical consequences, and the challenges facing overweight children and their parents. She examines the issue from all sides--the classroom, the playground, the home entertainment center, the fast food counter, and the family dining table. She tells us why past solutions haven't worked and why diets for kids almost always fail. She brings a fresh perspective to a problem that has been a growing concern to parents, educators, and healthcare providers. Most importantly, she provides directions on effecting lasting change and solving the childhood obesity crisis once and for all. Underage & Overweight doesn't just explore the problem; it provides a plan for overcoming the crisis and raising happier and healthier children. It will help you get your children to be more active, to normalize their eating habits, and understand the basics of good nutrition. It shows how to work with your school system and child's teachers to create a healthier nurturing environment and what role doctors and healthcare workers can play. Underage & Overweight provides seven specific steps that you can take now to help your children achieve a healthy weight.

Underage & Overweight is vital reading for parents, teachers, school administrators, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers--indeed for anyone concerned about our children and their future.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578261201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578261208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Inspiration presentations Consignment on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book addresses the issue of our overly-busy lives. Our children are as stressed and over-booked as we are. Their eating choices and patterns coupled with their lifestyle choices are the reason for obesity and eating disorders in children. I love that this book teaches us how to normalize eating and activity choices. Our children are not in touch with their internal hunger & satiety signals because of the overly processed foods we are letting them use to fuel their bodies. We parents have become too busy to schedule family dinners and bike rides with our kids. We are tossing food over the back seat to our kids as we are driving them to their next scheduled event. We have become afraid of unsafe communities and therefore are keeping our kids inside more often, where they are sitting in front of screens. The message in this book is that we need to stop placing all of the blame on the school lunches or fast food marketing and take control of the lifestyle choices we are helping our children make. We need to help our kids get back to normalized eating and playing just because it feels good.

Jill Fleming, MS, RD

Professional Speaker & Author of Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates: Simple Lifestyle Choices for Permanent Weight Loss (The Thin People Series)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne C. Shovic on October 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found 'Underage and Overweight' to be an excellent, relevant resource in the very critical issue of weight and children in our society. Of special note is the 'what works; what doesn't' section. Many of our students are still adolescents and have for most of their lives suffered from weight issues whether they are 'overweight' or not. Their well-meaning parents have often been part of the problem, trying to protect their child from becoming 'overweight,' which is so apparent in the scantily clad tropics of the Hawaiian Islands. Having a resource that gives such a broad overview of the issues is invaluable.

Anne Caprio Shovic, Ph.D., R.D., Associate Professor, Dietetics Program Director, Human Nutrition, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yet another reviewer on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
He learnt from experimenting on his own life that moderation is the key to a balanced diet. No given diet is absolutely harmful but diets with very high carbohydrate and fat content should be restricted to minimum. In the end the total amount of calories taken in should be carefully watched. If a high calorie meal is consumed then one should compensatorily restrict calories at other meals. In the end to protect future generations there needs to be some control both at the consumer level as well as availability.
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