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Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight and Keep It Off - and What They Wish Parents Knew Hardcover – January 4, 2007

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With teen obesity a big issue in the U.S., the author of Thin for Life turns her expertise toward helping overweight teens and their parents adopt proven strategies for weight loss—together. As a dietician whose son, Wes, was an overweight teen, Fletcher learned firsthand that "pushing" a kid to lose weight does not work; the teen must want to lose weight for himself, and then decide what will work for him. Fletcher interviewed 104 teens from various walks of life who had successfully lost weight and, most importantly, kept the weight off. She found several commonalities: increase in physical activity, better food choices and portion control, coupled with the unconditional support of the parents. Though none of this is surprising, Fletcher presents it in a "from-one-teen-to-another" fashion, using real-life case histories and interviews. This book is more about fostering a positive attitude toward weight loss than a step-by-step diet guide. By examining how teens have successfully taken control of their own weight, other young people may become inspired to do the same. (Jan.)
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Determined to teach teens the difference between "right" weight and "ideal" weight, a dietitian as well as the author of several books on weight control draws inspiration from the experiences of her son, Wes. Though she offers little that's new in terms of dieting tips here, the book's positive approach and the stories and comments from young people will encourage and inform both teens and their parents. At the same time, several important things come clear: losing weight and keeping it off is hard work, and no one plan, diet, or exercise regimen is right for all. Convincing teens of those truisms is half the battle, and Fletcher's combination of teen talk and nutritional advice can help serious dieters get started. Her introduction notes the importance of consultation with a physician before undertaking a weight-loss regimen, and the appendix lists further references and describes commercial weight-loss programs that are open to teens. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (January 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061843366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618433667
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D. is a nationally known, award-winning health and medical writer, speaker, and consultant on the topics of weight management and lifestyle change, as well as treatment and recovery from addiction. She spent nearly five years writing her latest book, Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment - And How to Get Help That Works, which will be published by Viking in February of 2013 along with accompanying eBook titled Holistic Rehab Therapies: Are Alternative Approaches Helpful, Harmful, or Head Games? In advance of publication, Inside Rehab has received high acclaim from numerous experts in the field, as well as several starred reviews.

Known for her ability to weave together her inspiring findings from real-life success stories with state-of-the-art information about health issues, Anne is the author of seven other books (Houghton/Harcourt), including the award-winning national bestsellers, Thin For Life: 10 Keys to Success From People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off and the New York Times bestseller, Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded.

Anne's last book, Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight & Keep It Off - And What They Wish Parents Knew, was featured on the Today Show, on the CBS Early Show, and in The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, and USA Weekend. She has been recognized with a dozen prestigious awards.

A frequent guest of the national media, Anne has also appeared on The View, the Today Show, Donahue, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, and The Larry King Radio Show.

As a registered dietitian with a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.S. from Drexel University, Anne has counseled hundreds of people with weight problems. She is a founding member of her county drug court in Minnesota and helped develop its treatment program, remaining on its steering committee. She serves on the advisory board for a high school for adolescents with substance use disorders and also serves on the editorial board for BASIS (Brief Addiction Science Information Source) of Harvard University's Division on Addictions.

Anne is a former executive editor and chief writer of the "Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter" and was a contributing editor for Prevention Magazine. Her articles have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Shape, American Psychologist, Cooking Light, Bottom Line Personal, Readers' Digest, Restaurant Hospitality, Parenting, Journal of Food Science, Eating Well, The Humanist, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and Obesity Management.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a great book. I think it's great for anyone, but especially for parents and teens and parents of teens.

Ann Fletcher has already written a series of books before on adults who had lost weight and kept it off, and thinking how motivating it is to read about other peoples success, she wrote this in hopes of helping teens and their families to help fight the obesity crisis and help teens who struggle daily with their weight. She is a registered dietitian and she is very smart and has written this really well. Her own son has had his share of weight problems and that was some of the driving force for her to begin this book.

She interviews over 100 teens who have lost weight in healthy ways, who have shown that sensible stratagies work and so hopefully this will stop others losing weight in a dangerous fashion. She interviews some of the parents too so it's good to get perspective from all sides. The top stratagy that helped these teens was exercise; this helped them to be able to still join their friends when they go out and feel that they could still eat what their friends did, but not feel so guilty. The other top stratagies she heard about while interviewing them was cutting back on their sodas and some unhealthful snacks.

Overall, this book is full of inspiring kids who have begun to turn their life and health around. While they may not have come up with any new secrets in the battle of weight loss, they will hopefully show other kids that it can be done and that it can be done in a healthy manner and I really think this book should be read by everyone. It's fantastic and I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WriterGirl on January 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Anne Fletcher is a terrific thinker, motivator, and writer when it comes to weight. I saw her on CBS's "The Early Show" and knew I had to read her newest book.

To write WEIGHT LOSS CONFIDENTIAL, Anne conducted in-depth surveys and interviews with more than 100+ formerly overweight young people (and many of their parents) from diverse backgrounds, across the United States. Her results explain how the teens lost the weight, their secrets for keeping it off, and their strategies for staying motivated. She also offers advice for parents on how to play a positive role in their kids' success.

This is the ONLY book to go to the real experts on how teens lose weight successfully: teens who have actually done it. She even reveals the story of her own son's weight loss in a poignant and touching way. A must-read for all parents!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet on February 11, 2007
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As a psychologist, I found this book very helpful -- both for myself as a psychotherapist trying to assist clients with weight issues and as a book I can recommend to my clients. The author is able to take relatively complex issues and translate them seamlessly into very palatable and practical advice for adolescents and their parents. Adults who were overweight as children and teens may also find the book to be a helpful tool for gaining insight about their histories and motivation for altering some of the unhelpful, if not harmful messages they incorporated without previous reflection. The messages in this book will comfort and support those who have overcome weight problems and inspire those who continue to struggle.The information included at the end of the book -- about treatment and weight loss programs, internet resources, and references -- is comprehensive and invaluable. That section alone was worth the price of the book.

The advice for parents of teens with weight issues is useful, not only for this population, but for parents of teens in general. The suggestions about how to approach your teen without inciting an intense conflict or power struggle are practical, specific, and applicable to many of the common concerns parents have about their teens.

Finally, even apart from the main issue, the stories are so well written and compelling, that they make for a great read. I highly recommend this book for psychologists, psychotherapists, parents, teens, and anyone struggling with weight issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2007
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I bought this book because my granddaughter is becoming overweight and I want to help her and my daughter to work on this problem. I am an RN and yet the information in this book was priceless because despite what I know and understand medically, the information on what works for the teens by teens could not be learned in nursing school. I have completed the book and have sent it on to Arizona from Texas so that my daughter and granddaughter can read it. I also took some of the information on keeping a daily journal and portion control and have lost 5 pounds since purchasing this book. I would recommend this book to all ages. The book also lists many other references for children and obesity problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Brannon on January 30, 2007
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I work as a nutrition therapist with overweight teens and teens with eating disorders. There has been a need for a book like this for a long time. There are positive, personal, and practical insights in this book. It is rare to find a book that addresses weight issues from both a male and female perspective. I have been recommending it to all my clients.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GRITN on February 19, 2007
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What an excellent concept, find teens who were successful at losing weight and determine how they did it. This book has been helpful for my husband and me, and MOTIVATING for my daughter. What I like the most is you see a chart of what things the kids did to lose weight. The ones that top the list are the healthy ones (exercised more, ate less fat, ate less in general) and the ones at the bottom are unhealty (took pills, etc). PROVING ONCE AGAIN that the RIGHT/SUCCESSFUL way to lose weight is to diet and exercise. This has totally motivated her to move more, the KEY FACTOR for these successful teens.

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