Child Obesity: A Parent's Guide to a Fit, Trim, And Happy Childby Goutham Rao
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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