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Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Easy, Fun Way to Look and Feel Good! Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Grade 6 Up-Issues concerning weight are not easy to discuss with teens, yet Bartell has managed to do just that. In addition to working with experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and eating disorders, she met with teens who scrutinized the content and shared their experiences. Twelve chapters cover topics such as taking control, genetics, eating disorders, and exercise. While the tone is upbeat, the message is serious: -¦dieting is not healthy and neither is constantly being critical of your body. You don't need to make exercise a priority over everything else in your life, and your self-worth should not be decided by the scale or the mirror. Frequent quizzes allow readers to rate themselves in such categories as self-control, body type, self-love, and food attitude. (There is a reminder before each one not to write in a library book.) Notwithstanding the pre-pubescent graphics-including hearts, stars, curlicues, and polka dots-the weakest section is on exercise, where stamp-sized line art and extensive text make following the routines tedious. This virtual support-system-in-a-book provides listings for Web sites, cookbooks, and contact information for related organizations. Frequent boxed insets, subheads, and chapter divisions allow readers to browse among the topics, so the book is effective without being read from cover to cover. Still, teens may end up doing just that as they experience a discussion that speaks to them with honesty and authenticity.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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The book's format is fun and easy to read, filled with clever hooks that grab a teenage girl's fleeting attention. Lots of quizzes and self-ratings allow girls to be honest with themselves as they evaluate their thoughts about why and what they eat, and their food/friends/family issues.
I especially appreciated reading the thoughts and feelings of Dr.Susan's group of young teenage girls with their own real issues. Learning that my daughter is not alone in the teenage whirlwind of body image and popularity made me (and my daughter) take it all in stride.
This book is a must for all teenage girls, whether or not they are battling weight issues, since at its core, this Guide offers the roadmap to a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most important things in this book were the eating and exercising/activity tips and tricks. Using this book, I was able to figure out ways to incorporate healthier meals and snacks into my everyday hectic schedules. I also learned the consequences of binge-eating, and how to control my portions of snacks and meals. I was exposed to several new stretches and exercises from diagrams and descriptions, and I learned how I could make exercising into an enjoyable activity - rather than one to loate.
Despite how useful these things were, I found that the MOST helpful thing for ME was when I learned that DIETS DON'T WORK! I had been trying different diets on a constant basis. Dr. Susan taught me that the only way people can lose weight is if they PERMANENTLY change their lifestyle.
If you want to know the 411 on how to change your life, your self esteem, and your apperance, look no farther than Dr. Susan's "Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide" !!!
Camp Endeavor, Baraboo, Wisconsin