The Centers for Disease Control has found that one-third of U.S. children are overweight, or at the risk of becoming overweight. This book addresses this widespread health crisis. It's no secret that our kids are getting fatter. We see it in the ever-increasing clothing sizes, and we are sadly beginning to see it in the adult-sized diseases they are getting at younger and younger ages. In SCALE BACK! Drs. Kathi A. Earles and Sandra E. Moore explore the genetic, cultural, and behavioral factors that may contribute to minority children becoming overweight, and shows us how we can begin to reverse this alarming trend. There are charts and checklists that you can fill in to measure your child's current weight and track his or her weight loss, as well as helpful quizzes at the end of each chapter. To guide your child on the road to good health, you will learn how to: read labels and make healthier food choices; establish healthy eating habits even in young children; structure fun activities and physical exercises for your child and the entire family; and work with your child's pediatrician to achieve optimum weight. Drs. Earles and Moore also address a topic not often addressed in the African-American community: the rising numbers of children with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, and bulimia. They show you the warning signs to look for, and steps you can take to help your child through these trying conditions. SCALE BACK! is a comprehensive guide you'll turn to again and again to help your child win the battle against excess weight.