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Feed Your Kids Well: How to Help Your Child Lose Weight and Get Healthy Paperback – December 1, 1999
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As might be expected from the medical director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, this is not your conventional tome on weight loss. Pescatore adapts the Atkins diet for children ages six to 18, targeting sugar and simple carbohydrates as prime contributors not only to obesity but also other childhood ailments such as allergies, diabetes, asthma, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). A brief section on exercise is included, but this is largely a nutrition-focused method, unlike Joseph Piscatella's more traditional Fat-Proof Your Child ("Nursing Your Children's Health Collection," LJ 1/98, p. 57-60). Some references lack currency, notably those on ADD as well as a 1975 citation about obesity at the cellular level. Not intended as a do-it-yourself book, this should be used only with a pediatrician's guidance. For larger public library complementary health collections.?Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One out of every three North American children has a weight problem; their parents need a sane, practical, and easy-to-follow nutrition program to reverse this epidemic. Feed Your Kids Well comes to the rescue for worried parents, providing a program that promotes health, wellness, and the prevention of disease in addition to weight loss. Author Fred Pescatore departs from the current trend of fat-free diets and includes in this program a moderate amount of fat, which has been shown to be crucial to human physical development. This is the healthy alternative to the controversial prescription drugs and unwholesome foods to which most unhealthy children are subjected these days. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I guess his experiences prompted him to write this book to spare other children from the hell he went through. He does a good job.
Basically, he tells parents to drastically reduce the carbohydrates in their and thier cildren's diets. He rightly gives the thumbs down to fruit juices (the equivalent of soda, he says), pasta, refined sugars, processed foods, and too many starchy vegetables like potatoes. He also warns against phony fats like margarine and vegetable shortening.
The healthy diet he espouses contains meats, natural fats, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, limited amounts of fruits and grains, eggs, and dairy (if not allergic). Thank God he blames sugars and refined foods for the ills afflicting our young and not natural fats!
He also has a good section on how to approach common childhood illneses like asthma, acne, and ADD.
Drawbacks? A LOT of his recipes call for using soy protein powder or soy flour--a hotbed of anti-nutrients like phytic acid (which binds to minerals in the digestive tract, preventing their absorption) and protease inhibitors (which hinder digestion). The phytoestrogens in soy can also affect hormonal levels in children so I would not be including in my children's (or my own) meals.
Another drawback is basically a contradiction: In the chapter on food sources, he recommends feeding your kids organic meat and dairy foods. Then in the next chapter, he tells parents to remove all the visible fat from meats and chicken skin from any chicken served, not because he thinks fat is bad, but because the fat is where pesticide residues concentrate. This may be true, but if you're buying and serving organic meat, there won't be any pesticide residues in the fat! It sounds like he's trying to be politically-correct about fat which is strange given that he definitely is in favor of MORE healthy fat in a child's diet.