I Eat When I'm Sad: Food and Feelings

Overview

When you feel sad, do you reach for the cookie jar? If you're bored, do you munch on potato chips? If you're worried, do you make yourself feel better with a bowl of ice cream?

Lots of people turn to food to help them cope with their feelings. The problem with that, though, is that when we eat too much, we gain weight. Around the world, more people are overweight than ever before. It's a big health problem. And that's one reason you should be ...

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Overview

When you feel sad, do you reach for the cookie jar? If you're bored, do you munch on potato chips? If you're worried, do you make yourself feel better with a bowl of ice cream?

Lots of people turn to food to help them cope with their feelings. The problem with that, though, is that when we eat too much, we gain weight. Around the world, more people are overweight than ever before. It's a big health problem. And that's one reason you should be sure you're eating because you're truly hungry-not because you're sad!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deanna D'Antonio
I Eat When I'm Sad: Food and Feelings is one in a series of related books dealing with the issue of childhood and adolescent obesity. Unlike most of the other books in this line-up, this particular installment doesn't just offer factual information, but presents a very relatable scenario involving an overweight child and her concerned mother. Capturing the emotional tumult associated with obesity and being overweight provides crucial insight for both kids struggling with their weight and their body image and also for those children who might otherwise be inclined to tease or ridicule. The book speaks directly to kids as a friend, counselor or mentor might—providing encouragement, along with the rationale for why it is important to monitor one's weight, BMI (body mass index) and overall emotional well-being. The book compels kids to be kind to and supportive of themselves—as they would someone they genuinely care about and love. Children are invited to become their own best friend and, therefore, one of their strongest allies and arbiters of sound judgment. I Eat When I'm Sad succeeds in explaining, in the most basic terms: cravings, the relationship between foods and emotion, and feeding feelings vs. feeding bodies. Providing this rationale for the "why" of overeating gives kids a more complete understanding of behaviors to avoid and their primary triggers. Children are afforded excellent advice for learning how to listen to their bodies and negotiate complex, often unexamined feelings. Though there do seem to be an inordinate number of typographical errors, this book (and the "Kids & Obesity" series) would make a wonderful addition to any classroom library and could certainly fuel many health lessons centered around the very real and sensitive issue of childhood obesity. Reviewer: Deanna D'Antonio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422217146
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Kids and Obesity Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Feeding our Feelings 8

2 What's Wrong with Feeding our Feelings? 16

3 Listening to Your Feelings 25

4 Listening to Your Body 39

Read More About It 45

Find out More on the Internet 45

Index 46

Picture Credits 47

About the Author 48

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