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Get a Healthy Weight for Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Better Eating and Exercise
     

Get a Healthy Weight for Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Better Eating and Exercise

by Brian McCrindle, James Wengle
 

One in seven American children is either overweight or obese.

More than 10 million American children are overweight or obese and the numbers are growing. Kids are consuming too many calories, eating too much fast food, and not getting enough exercise. Such oversized kids are at risk for the early onset of adult diseases such as diabetes, hypertension,

Overview

One in seven American children is either overweight or obese.

More than 10 million American children are overweight or obese and the numbers are growing. Kids are consuming too many calories, eating too much fast food, and not getting enough exercise. Such oversized kids are at risk for the early onset of adult diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and even strokes.

Get a Healthy Weight for Your Child is designed to help parents prevent and treat childhood obesity using the best medical and scientific methods rather than potentially dangerous fad diets and exercise routines.

This book will help parents to:

  • Recognize if their child is overweight
  • Realize the medical consequences of being overweight
  • Understand the social, behavioral, and biological causes of being overweight
  • Improve both their child's and family's eating habits, nutrition and overall physical fitness.

The book features practical treatment and prevention with hands-on exercises and informative charts for:

  • The stages of diagnosing overweight problems
  • Treatment options
  • Parental support and encouragement
  • A step-by-step recovery map
  • Helpful suggestions for family members, teachers, coaches, and friends.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the National Medical Association
Brilliant in its simplicity: if you child begins to eat a healthful diet and begins a healthful level of activity, a healthy weight will follow in a healthful amount of time. The author's message is one that will inform and motivate rather than overwhelm and discourage... an inexpensive, well-written, accurate, and easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow guide to get a healthy weight for your child.
Miami Herald
Full of case studies, charts, and do's and don'ts to help you raise a healthy child.
Woodland Hills Daily News
It can be hard to keep your children healthy and eating right. But [in this book] parents have help in the battle for a healthier lifestyle.
San Diego Union-Tribune - Carole Pecora
Designed to help parents prevent and treat childhood obesity using the best medical and scientific methods rather than potentially dangerous fad diets and exercise routines.
About.com: Special Needs Children - Terri Mauro
We all know what's needed to lose weight, for ourselves and for our kids. Eat less. Exercise more. It's a simple formula, but one that can be perilously difficult to implement... If you're really ready to clear all the junk food from the pantry and clear all the lazy people from the couch, you'll find checklists and schedules and plans here to get you moving in the right direction. If you're not ready, the book offers plenty of rationale for changing your ways, chapters and chapters of it... The book's headline- and box-heavy structure makes it easy to dip back into the earlier chapters for any information, assistance, or chastising you may need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778801146
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Get a Healthy Weight for Your Child This book will help you to:

  • Recognize if your child is overweight
  • Realize the medical and emotional consequences of being overweight
  • Understand the social, behavioral, biological, and genetic causes of being overweight
  • Improve your child's and your family's eating habits and physical fitness
This book features:
  • Practical guidelines for treatment and prevention
  • Hands-on worksheets and exercises
  • Food charts, menu suggestions, and exercise routines
  • Charts for calculating overweight and healthy weight
  • Guided nutrition tours of the fresh and processed food sections of grocery stores
  • Menu plans and food preparation advice
  • Strength and flexibility exercise routines
  • Helpful food and fitness tips for parents
  • Nutrition and activity 3-day diaries and scorecards
  • Guidelines for setting weekly nutrition and activity goals

The Healthy Weight Program Summary Program Aims

The Healthy Weight Program will help your children make the necessary changes to their nutrition and lifestyle so they become healthy and fit. The program will benefit your children if they are not at a healthy weight, if they are at risk of becoming overweight, or if they just eat poorly and are physically unfit, regardless of their weight.

Program Philosophy

A healthy weight is the weight your child's body achieves with healthy nutrition and healthy activity habits. The program is not a weight-loss diet. It will be different for each child, and there is no one specific number that your child needs to reach. So long as young people adopt a healthy lifestyle, their body will find its own healthy weight.

  • Health cannot be measured on a scale: The most important message you can send to your child is that the goal is not weight loss. The goal of this program is good nutrition and developing an active lifestyle. As young people move closer to the eating habits and physical activity outlined in the program, their body will naturally develop a healthy weight over a healthy amount of time.
  • Healthy lifestyle can be measured: A healthy lifestyle is one where nutritious food is eaten on a regular basis and a meaningful amount of physical activity is performed each day. The program provides the means to measure and record if children are eating nutritiously and if they are getting a meaningful amount of physical activity.
Program Principles

The program is based on the principle of balancing food energy intake and physical activity energy expenditure to achieve a healthy weight.

  • Healthy Energy Rule: When the amount of energy from the food we eat is balanced exactly with the amount of energy the body needs to stay alive and carry out activity, our body will maintain the same amount of stored body fat. This is the state of healthy weight.
  • Positive Energy Rule: When the amount of energy from the food we eat is more than the amount of energy the body needs to stay alive and carry out activity, our body will store the extra energy as fat. This is the state of increasing body fat.
  • Negative Energy Rule: When the amount of energy our body needs to stay alive and carry out activity is more than the amount of energy we get from the food we eat, our body simply uses up stored fat as its energy source. This is the state of decreasing body fat.
Program Stages

Your child will take small manageable steps toward healthy nutrition and healthy activity habits by choosing weekly nutrition and activity goals. By taking these steps, your child will start adopting a healthy lifestyle and will become physically fit and achieve a healthy weight.

The healthy weight program follows four stages of development. Parent and child have specific knowledge and activity goals to complete in each stage.

STAGE 1: Assessing Nutrition and Activity Levels (Week 1)

  • Family Nutrition and Activity Habits Worksheet
  • Child's Nutrition and Activity Habits Worksheet
  • 3-Day Nutrition Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • 3-Day Activity Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • Height, Weight, and Target Weight Chart
STAGE 2: Setting Goals and Rewards (Week 2)
  • Goal of the Week Worksheet
  • Goal of the Week Evaluation Questionnaire
  • 3-Day Nutrition Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • 3-Day Activity Diary: Log and Scorecard
STAGE 3:Building Up Goals and Rewards (Week 3-4)
  • Goal of the Week Worksheet
  • Goal of the Week Evaluation Questionnaire
  • 3-Day Nutrition Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • 3-Day Activity Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • Height, Weight, and Target Weight Chart
STAGE 4: Maintaining Progress (Beyond Week 4) Weekly
  • Goal of the Week Worksheet
  • Goal of the Week Evaluation Questionnaire
Monthly
  • 3-Day Nutrition Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • 3-Day Activity Diary: Log and Scorecard
  • Family Nutrition and Activity Habits Worksheet
  • Child's Nutrition and Activity Habits Worksheet
Biweekly
  • Height, Weight, and Target Weight Chart

Meet the Author

Brian McCrindle, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and Section Head of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Cardiology, at the world famous Hospital for Sick Children. He appears regularly on television and radio health programs as an expert in obesity-related diseases among children and adolescents. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

James G. Wengle, BSc, MSC, is a Certified Can-Fit-Pro personal trainer. He has first-hand experience in overcoming childhood obesity and is now committed to education and prevention of obesity in young people. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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