Helping Your Overweight Child: A Family Guide

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Overweight children can be helped to a healthier, more satisfying life through practical lifestyle changes made by the entire family. Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., has drawn on her medical experience in successful weight management for this commonsense guide, Helping Your Overweight Child: A Family Guide. Through it, family members can better understand why a child has a weight problem, and the facts about nutrition and good eating and exercise habits. The information can be used to develop healthy habits for all...
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Overview

Overweight children can be helped to a healthier, more satisfying life through practical lifestyle changes made by the entire family. Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., has drawn on her medical experience in successful weight management for this commonsense guide, Helping Your Overweight Child: A Family Guide. Through it, family members can better understand why a child has a weight problem, and the facts about nutrition and good eating and exercise habits. The information can be used to develop healthy habits for all adults and children in the family. Dr. Cederquist provides sample sheets for goals and for "eating," "exercise" and "emotions" journals. Overweight children learn how to set reasonable goals and to make healthy decisions. The appendix includes valuable comparisons of the nutritional value and fat content of many brand-name food products and meals found in fast-food restaurants. She also provides recipes from her family kitchen that are nutritionally sound and kid-pleasers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971416406
  • Publisher: Advance Medical Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 K.C. Has a Problem
Vignette 1
What Has Caused the Rise in Childhood Weight Problems? 3
Obesity Defined 4
How Do I Know What My Child's Weight Should Be? 4
BMI Charts 6
Biology and Genetics 8
What Do We Inherit That Relates to Our Weight? 8
Family Composition 9
How Dangerous Is It If My Child Is Overweight? 10
Let's Get Started by Defining Goals 11
Chapter Recap 13
Chapter 2 K.C. Learns What Made Her Fat
Vignette 15
Typical Childhood Eating Situations 18
Our Fast-Food, Fast-Life Culture 18
Changes in Our Family Dynamics 19
Celebrations--Fast Foods and Virtual Games 19
Too Much Intake, Too Little Output 19
Parental Attitudes Regarding Weight 20
Making Healthier Choices 21
Change Takes Time 21
Make Mealtime Pleasant 21
How to Make Mealtimes Last Longer 21
Meal Presentation 22
Make Sure You Are Hungry 22
Chapter Recap 24
Chapter 3 K.C. and Her Family Take "Nutrition 101"
Vignette 25
The Information We Get Is Often Confusing 27
Six Nutrients 27
Carbohydrates: Simple and Complex 28
Simple vs. Complex--Way Different 28
Look for Sugar Content 28
Fiber--Its Role in Our Diet 29
Types of Carbohydrates 29
Proteins--Good and Bad 32
Sources of Protein 34
The Good and the Bad about Fat 36
Cholesterol 37
Nutrients without Energy 37
Calcium 37
Water, Water Everywhere 38
A Calorie Is a Calorie--or Is It? 39
Learn to Read Labels 39
Portion Control Is Vital 39
Gradual Change, Not Quick Fix 40
Chapter Recap 42
Chapter 4 K.C. Tackles Exercise
More Lifestyle Changes 43
Our Love Affair with the Automobile 44
Decline in Exercise Opportunities at School 44
Television, Video Games, the Internet, and Snacks 45
Watch Those Ads! 45
Change in Metabolism 46
Vignette 47
Excess Pounds Limit Mobility, Emotions Elicit Unconscious Choices 49
Parental Encouragement 50
Walk 50
Celebrate with Action, Not Eating 52
Chapter Recap 52
Chapter 5 K.C. Bugs Her Family to Change
Vignette 55
Family Systems--Enmeshed or Chaotic 58
How an Overprotective Atmosphere Relates to Weight Problems 58
How a Chaotic Atmosphere Creates Weight Problems 59
No "Perfect" Families 59
How to Improve Family Interactions 59
Parents' Responsibilities 60
Fruit Instead of Juice or Flavored Drinks 60
Water Instead of Soda Pop 60
Skim Rather Than Whole Milk 60
Hints to Relieve Stress of Meal Preparation 60
Summary of Other Parental Responsibilities Previously Discussed 62
The Child's Responsibilities 62
No More "Clean Your Plate!" 62
Allow Child to Decide What to Eat 63
Let the Child Refuse to Eat 63
Don't Force Child to Report Everything Consumed 63
Build Your Child's Self-Esteem 63
Open Lines of Communication to Resolve Family Conflicts 64
Chapter Recap 64
Chapter 6 K.C. Faces a Crisis
Vignette 65
Why K.C. Went on a Binge 68
Use Relapse to Show Unconditional Love 68
Hidden Reasons for Overeating 69
Anger, Boredom, Stress 69
Family Secrets 70
Fear 70
It's Prudent to Seek Professional Help 70
Learning to Recognize Hunger as Physical or Emotional 71
Influence of Family and Friends 71
Wise Words for Relapse Management 72
Constructive Alternatives to Eating at Time of Emotional Need 72
Prevention Better Than Cure 72
Good for You! 73
Eating Disorders--Warning Signs and What to Do 73
Could Abuse Be an Issue in Your Family? 74
Chapter Recap 75
Chapter 7 K.C. Reaches Her Goals
Vignette 77
Appendix 1
Journals 79
Help Your Child to Organize Three Journals 81
Private or Shared? Your Child's Choice 82
How to Journal 82
The "Eating" Journal 82
The "Exercise" Journal 83
The "Emotions" Journal 83
The Importance of Goals 84
Step One: Define the Goal 85
Establish a Time Limit 85
Chart Progress toward Lifestyle Changes 85
Sample Goal Page from "Eating" Journal 86
Become Aware of Patterns 87
Sample Goal Page from "Exercise" Journal 88
Sample Goal Page from "Emotions" Journal 88
Appendix 2
Primary Goal: Healthier Lifestyle Habits 91
Healthier Choices in Fast Food 91
Other Healthier Choices 99
Appendix 3
Healthier Choices When Dining at Home 100
Abbreviation Reference 100
Page References for Dining at Home Foods 102
Appendix 4
Meanings of Key Words on Food Labels 121
Complementing Protein Foods 122
Suggested Serving Sizes 123
Food Choices for Good Health 123
Want to Calculate Your BMI? 126
How Do Your Parents Measure Up? 126
Resources 126
Appendix 5
Recipes from the Cederquist Kitchen 127
End Notes 147
Index 149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Highly recommended reading for concerned parents.

    Highly recommended reading for concerned parents., March 22, 2002 Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (see more about me) from Oregon, WI USA Helping Your Overweight Child: A Family Guide is a straightforward guide written for parents, to help the family better understand the causes of weight problems in children, basic facts about good nutritional and exercise habits, and serious, practical lifestyle changes that the entire family can make for the improved health of all members. Written by an experienced professional doctor board certified by the American Board Family Practice and the American Board of Bariatric Physicians, Helping Your Overweight Child presents professional expertise for the lay reader not only the form of information, but also in hands-on useful material such as sample sheets for eating and exercising goals, emotion journals, comparisons of nutritional value/fat content in many brand-name food products and kid-friendly nutritional recipies. Helping Your Overweight Child is very highly recommended to conscerned parents and care providers seeking to assist overweight or obese children toward a more age and height appropriate and healthy weight.

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