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A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Roadmap to Health / Edition 1

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Research-based evidence informs this guide to understanding—and combating—childhood obesity. Addressing medical, emotional, and psychological factors, the sensible and tested guidelines help parents create balanced meals, encourage physical activity, and partner with pediatricians, family, schools, and child-care providers in their fight against obesity. A section on setbacks and detours addresses such challenges as sneaking food, snacking and grazing, and eating during the holidays. Self-assessment questionnaires, worksheets, and parent tips discuss age-specific obesity issues ranging from the prenatal period to age 21.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Douglas Moodie, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is intended to educate parents and families about prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
Purpose: It will be a significant help in providing information to parents on the issues related to obesity. This is a certainly a worthy objective since obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. The authors definitely meet their objective.
Audience: The audience includes parents and families who have young children who are obese or may be at risk for obesity because of genetics or family obesity.
Features: The book is very nicely formatted as a practical guide. The introduction is a worksheet for parents to take to the pediatrician. The author details the problems of obesity in terms that parents can understand and then presents chapters on nutrition, physical activities, and the parental role in establishing good healthy eating habits for children. The book then goes through specific ages beginning with the newborn through adolescence, discussing the specific issues related to each age group.
Assessment: This is an excellent manual for parents and families as well as pediatricians and primary care providers. It provides a comprehensive review of obesity and is an excellent practical companion to the book, Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, by the same author (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007).
From the Publisher

"Easy-to-follow guide for families."  —Scholastic Parent & Child

"This title stands out because of its thorough and practical approach. Recommended."  —Library Journal

"Informative guide to understanding and combating childhood obesity."  —Georgia Family

Scholastic Parent & Child
"Easy-to-follow guide for families."
Library Journal
Childhood obesity is a serious problem: by some estimates, a quarter or more of American children between the ages of two and 18 is overweight. This research-based parent's guide to childhood obesity edited by Hassink (director, pediatric weight management clinic, Alfred I. DuPont Hosp. for Children, Wilmington, DE) explains the causes and consequences of obesity in layperson's terms and provides practical advice on helping children achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Included are numerous age-specific worksheets (for parents to complete and take to pediatric appointments) that ask about a child's eating habits, playing behavior, and more. There are several books written for parents that address childhood obesity. However, this title stands out because of its thorough and practical approach. Recommended.-Sarah Boslaugh, Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, St. Louis Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581101980
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. They are the authors of ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, and Heading Home with Your Newborn. Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, is the director of the pediatric weight management clinic at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics national task force on obesity and a medical editor of Fit Kids: A Practical Guide to Raising Healthy and Active Children—From Birth to Teens. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
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