Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, And Happy Child [NOOK Book]

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Is your child overweight? Do you worry about the effects of excess weight on the health and self-esteem of your family's youngest and most vulnerable members? If so, you're not alone. Weight problems among children have now reached epidemic proportions. And it's no wonder. High-calorie fast foods and soft drinks are everywhere, and they are heavily promoted in many of the 40,000 television commercials that kids watch every year.
A nationally recognized expert on child obesity, ...
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Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, And Happy Child

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Overview

Is your child overweight? Do you worry about the effects of excess weight on the health and self-esteem of your family's youngest and most vulnerable members? If so, you're not alone. Weight problems among children have now reached epidemic proportions. And it's no wonder. High-calorie fast foods and soft drinks are everywhere, and they are heavily promoted in many of the 40,000 television commercials that kids watch every year.
A nationally recognized expert on child obesity, Dr. Goutham Rao uses the latest and best medical evidence available to show you how to help your child avoid or overcome this prevalent and dangerous health problem.
In the first part of his easy-to-read and informative book, Dr. Rao gives you the knowledge you need to understand the scope of the problem. He identifies the five principal culprits for obesity among children: soft drinks ("liquid candy"); fast food; television and video games; the inactivity of youngsters both at school and at play; and the changing patterns of family behavior, which have led to irregular meal times and the over-consumption of "convenience" foods.
In the second half of the book, Dr. Rao carefully explains a rational approach to helping your child achieve or maintain a healthy weight, including the science of changing people's behavior. You will also find several typical stories of overweight children, ranging from a heavy thirteen-month infant boy to a sixteen-year-old obese and self-conscious girl. With the help of their parents these children managed to achieve a healthy weight by following simple, practical advice without resorting to gimmicks or "miracle cures."
Dr. Rao makes it clear that despite all the talk about "low-carb" and other fad diets, there are no magic bullets for treating childhood obesity. But the good news is that armed with the right information and recommendations, parents can reverse this dangerous trend and succeed in helping their children become fit, trim, and happy.

Goutham Rao, M.D. (Pittsburgh, PA), is the clinical director of the Center for Weight Management and Wellness at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the author of Primary Care Management: Cases and Discussions, among many other publications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615925629
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 269 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, and Happy Child

    My friends Alan and Betty actually purchased this book to help their son Matt. I happened to borrow it one day, more out of curiosity than anything else. My wife and I have two children, both of whom are healthy, weight-wise. I learned so much! I think the information Dr. Rao provides is useful for any parent. He is incredibly skilled at explaining complex medical information to people without a medical background in terms that are easy to understand. Who knew that soft drinks could add so many pounds, or that T.V. before bedtime is a terrible idea? Dr. Rao's book is brilliant. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, and Happy Child

    My husband and I have been struggling with our son's weight for years. He is thirteen and has already been on six different diets and spent 4 weeks last summer at a bootcamp for overweight teens. Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, and Happy Child is the first real help we've found. I love the carefully explained scientific explanations for what makes children overweight. Understanding that alone has given our family the confidence to help our son. It is so refreshing to read a book about obesity that makes sense. Dr. Rao's impeccable credentials and careful review of the evidence means that you can definitely trust the information. The solution to the problem is not fad diets, but practical, scientifically sound advice. This book packages this advice wonderfully!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Fantastic advice!

    My daughter is eleven-years-old and has been steadily gaining weight. At just 4'11', she weighs more than 150lbs. I've purchased and read a lot of the 'diet' books out there. I'm no scientist, but I recognize that most of them are useless. Dr. Rao's masterfully written book is the first one I've come across that is grounded in real science. It is incredibly easy to read, and Dr. Rao's advice is both rational and practical. I strongly recommend this book to any parent who is concerned about their child's weight.

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