Overweight: A Handbook for Teens and Parents

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With respect to both physical activity and nutrition, lifestyles of most young Americans have changed dramatically over time. Decades ago, young people often walked miles to attend school, visit friends, or even see a doctor. There was no television to watch, and no Internet to provide hours of visiting without leaving the house. Rather than choosing from an array of pre-packaged and highly processed foods, families tended to cook at home and spent time enjoying meals together. One of the unfortunate results of ...
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With respect to both physical activity and nutrition, lifestyles of most young Americans have changed dramatically over time. Decades ago, young people often walked miles to ... attend school, visit friends, or even see a doctor. There was no television to watch, and no Internet to provide hours of visiting without leaving the house. Rather than choosing from an array of pre-packaged and highly processed foods, families tended to cook at home and spent time enjoying meals together. One of the unfortunate results of such lifestyle changes is a sharp rise in obesity, now being identified in a younger and younger population. The problem has reached epidemic proportions. With the increase in childhood and adolescent obesity comes a host of other illnesses and conditions: diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer, along with low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. Written for both youth and parents, this work covers the causes and effects of the rise in childhood obesity while presenting straightforward guidelines and recommendations for getting assessed and treated. Information is provided on healthy nutrition and physical activity for young people, tools for self-monitoring and medical conditions associated with weight gain. Numerous helpful resources are listed. Throughout the text, teens themselves describe their weight-related struggles and successes. Read more Show Less

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With respect to both physical activity and nutrition, lifestyles of most young Americans have changed dramatically over time. Decades ago, young people often walked miles to attend school, visit friends, or even see a doctor. There was no television to watch, and no Internet to provide hours of visiting without leaving the house. Rather than choosing from an array of pre-packaged and highly processed foods, families tended to cook at home and spent time enjoying meals together. One of the unfortunate results of such lifestyle changes is a sharp rise in obesity, now being identified in a younger and younger population. The problem has reached epidemic proportions. With the increase in childhood and adolescent obesity comes a host of other illnesses and conditions: diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer, along with low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. Written for both youth and parents, this work covers the causes and effects of the rise in childhood obesity while presenting straightforward guidelines and recommendations for getting assessed and treated. Information is provided on healthy nutrition and physical activity for young people, tools for self-monitoring and medical conditions associated with weight gain. Numerous helpful resources are listed. Throughout the text, teens themselves describe their weight-related struggles and successes.
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The facts are alarming: Fifteen percent of American children and adolescents are overweight, while many more are at risk, and diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and hypercholesterolemia are rising among teens as a result. Heller, a board-certified pediatrician specializing in adolescent obesity, treats the issue here, providing parents and older teens with crucial information regarding teen obesity and weight loss. As in Eating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families, and Teachers (McFarland, 2003), Heller balances her knack for clarification with a candid, proactive approach to deliver one of the best books available on adolescent weight management. Discouraging restrictive dieting, Heller advocates a long-term plan for nutritional and behavioral changes that promotes health, strength, and gradual, permanent weight loss. She begins by outlining the causes and consequences of obesity, incorporating self-diagnostic questionnaires to help teens determine if they are overweight. She then delineates a treatment plan based on normalized eating patterns, nutritionally balanced meals, decreased portion sizes, increased physical activity, and restricted sedentary behaviors. Discussions on eating disorders, medical treatments, and maintaining weight loss are included, and a final review and quiz underscore cardinal concepts. Excellent advice abounds in the "Guide for Parents" chapters, and both adult and adolescent readers will relate to the text's numerous personal case histories. Despite a relative lack of visual aids and the absence of reference citations, teens and parents hungry for a realistic, easy-to-implement weight-loss plan will find exactly what they are looking for inthis book. Purchase of multiple copies is highly recommended. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, McFarland, 180p.; Glossary. Index. Charts. Biblio. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Sherry Korthals
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420827
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2005
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland www.washingtoncenteronline.com . She is the author of four other books.

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Table of Contents

1 What is obesity? 7
2 Why do people become overweight, and why are so many more young people overweight? 11
3 Binge-eating disorder 27
4 Interviews with teenagers 30
5 Why is being overweight a problem? 36
6 Body image and self-esteem 44
7 How do you know if you're overweight? 51
8 Treatment basics 54
9 Healthy nutrition : the first step in change 62
10 Physical activity : the second step 79
11 Modifying your behaviors 89
12 Medical treatment for the overweight 98
13 Maintaining a healthy lifestyle 101
14 Eating disorders 114
15 Guide for parents : basic strategies 123
16 Guide for parents : focus on food 138
17 Prevention 147
18 Questions, answers and a quiz 150
19 Conclusion 159
App. A The essentials of a healthier lifestyle 161
App. B Medical conditions causing or associated with obesity 164
App. C Resources 166
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