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VOYAThe 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.