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Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/ Fake Food World Reprint Edition

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“This book comes from a wise and caring physician and nutritionist whose compassion and devotion to children’s health shines.” –Marion Nestle, PhD, author of What to Eat, and a professor of nutrition, New York University

About the Author

Dr. David Ludwig is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School as well as director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children's Hospital Boston, one of the largest clinics for overweight children and their parents in the United States. His groundbreaking research has been the basis for some of the most successful diets of the past decade, including the South Beach Diet and SugarBusters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547053681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547053684
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When my child was diagnosed as obese, we looked for help everywhere and anywhere. I finally came across this book and it has become the family bible. The book starts with basic nutrition, obesity-related health problems, and then talks about how our environment has changed over the past decades to promote obesity. It then talks about a low glycemic index diet and gives a 9 week battle plan for changing eating and activity habits. Even though I am not entirely sold on the low glycemic index theory, the end result is a fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and whole foods based diet that few could argue with. The book's advice on how to increase physical activity was realistic and doable. As well as the "formal" activities like walks and playing games, it talks about the importance of frequent, short bursts of activity we all do in life, like taking the stairs, fidgeting, even chewing gum!

The most valuable part of the book for me was how to instill a healthy attitude towards eating in a child. Right now, when my child is young, I can control (more or less!) what goes into his mouth. But when he gets older, the control will shift to him. How to guide him to making healthy decisions without turning him into a calorie-obsessed nervous wreck? The book addresses that by talking about modeling, supporting without dictating, and sharing of your own nutritional approach. These concepts are described in theory and then fleshed out with specific examples.

The tone of this book is very sympathetic, both to the overweight kids and to their parents. In contrast to some of the other reviewers, I did not feel this was repetitive or that I was being talked-down to. I felt like I was listening to someone who finally understood what my family was going through and had a solution. The only thing that I wish this book had discussed was food cues and how to minimize them, which for my family helped a lot.
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This book is my new Bible for my diet and my patients. It's practical information is invaluable. The science relating to this difficult field is raised to a new level. And what is unusual about this book is the compassionate feeling which is conveyed throughout. It is clearly advice for people of all ages.
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This is a really terrific book! Dr. Ludwig has done brilliant research on the cause of obesity. This book is actually the second food fight he has ended. The first was between the low carbohydrate and the low fat diet proponents. His definitive research findings show that the low glycemic carbohydrate diet is superior to the low fat diet. This book ends the food fight between the loving parents who want the best for their child and the food producers who just want your children to eat as much as possible to fatten their profits.

If any of your children are overweight, you MUST read this book. Dr. Ludwig addresses the problem of motivating your child to lose weight in a loving, down to earth, practical way.
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I bought this book on a recommendation from a website, and though the book is aimed at helping parents prevent obesity in their own children, it is an excellent guide to nutrition and proper eating habits for everyone.

The secret is to reduce the glycemic load that highly processed foods force on the body. This is critical to reducing and controlling weight. Would you believe that eating a potato has almost the same effect as sugar? It's converted almost immediately into sugar.

This is an informative, easy to read book, that doesn't get preachy or force you into a fad diet. One of the recommendations I've seen is to "eat around the perimeter of the store." In other words, the meat, dairy, and produce, the fresh stuff. Forget about the cookies, convenience foods, etc., that populate the center isles. You'll save a ton of money and be far healthier.

Another good tip is to not eat anything your Grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. If you can't pronounce the stuff on the label, don't eat it. Seems to work.

Great little book.
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After many months of trying to get my overweight 7 y.o. to exercise, eat smaller portions, etc. and seeing no results, I got this book. Exercise is important, of course, but it turns out that what you eat matters even more.

Two months ago my kids and I started eating the way suggested in this book. Here's a summary of our experience:

Before:
My daughter ate mainly starches and sugar, and was constantly hungry. And you know how hard it is to say no when your child claims to be sooo hungry. I watched her fat and calorie intake all the time but her weight didn't change. My kids pestered me for candy everyday.

Now:
We don't pay attention to calories. We eat fats--nuts, milk, cheese and even some butter, and stop when we are satisfied. We have lots of energy, don't crave sugar, and are losing weight even though our activity level hasn't changed (she has always hated exercise). The kids rarely ask for sweets!

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This book tells you exactly what to feed your kids to lose weight in a healthy way while providing all the nutrients they need. It focuses on lower glycemic foods, which keep your blood sugar stable. Sugars and low-fiber carbs cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to go way up, which causes you to overeat and store fat, then leaves you hungry and low energy again. To avoid this, Dr. Ludwig recommends eating good fat, high fiber carbs and protein in every meal. We now eat only high fiber carbs, good fats, nuts, more meat and protein, minimal sugar, and of course more fruits and vegetables. We stopped eating white breads, rice, potatoes and other simple carbs, and most sugar. To me, this is not a diet, which involves counting calories, depriving yourself and going hungry.
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