Sugar Busters!: For Kids

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It's become an epidemic: More than six million American kids are overweight—that's one in five children. Now the authors of the bestselling diet phenomenon Sugar Busters!® have given us a plan specifically designed to keep our children fit and healthy.

Ice cream, candy bars, sugar-frosted cereals, potato chips, soft drinks. From coast to coast America is flooded with fast food and sweets—and our children are the sugar tide's first victims. ...
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Overview

It's become an epidemic: More than six million American kids are overweight—that's one in five children. Now the authors of the bestselling diet phenomenon Sugar Busters!® have given us a plan specifically designed to keep our children fit and healthy.

Ice cream, candy bars, sugar-frosted cereals, potato chips, soft drinks. From coast to coast America is flooded with fast food and sweets—and our children are the sugar tide's first victims. Kids learn harmful eating habits from a society that loves snacking and sitting in front of the TV, fat-laden foods and little exercise. The sobering fact is: overweight children are susceptible to the same health problems as overweight adults—including heart disease and diabetes—and the longer a weight problem goes unchecked, the more serious the consequences for a child as he or she matures into adulthood.

Yet millions of adults have discovered that by lowering their carbohydrate and sugar intake, they can shed the pounds they failed to lose on other diet plans. Now it's time to help our children lose weight and feel better the Sugar Busters!® way. Remember: sugar spikes the production of insulin, which, in large amounts, keeps a child's weight from dropping off, no matter how strictly he or she diets and exercises. Based on sound nutritional principles, Sugar Busters! ® for Kids is a revolutionary program that shows us how to eliminate sugar from a child's daily menu through easy-to-follow recipes and healthy meal plans . . . all without making kids feel deprived.

With Sugar Busters! ® for Kids you will
 ¸  Determine whether your child is overweight with theBody Mass Index test
 ¸  Learn how to help your child diet with useful parental involvement tips
 ¸  Discover which foods to serve at what time of day for optimal health
 ¸  Rate the glycemic levels of various foods with a handy glycemic index
 ¸  Understand the myths of calories, fats, cholesterol, and weight gain
 ¸  Motivate your children with the charming Rhymes for Kids section

With colorful and fun illustrations by Walt Handelsman, Sugar Busters! ® for Kids is a great book for adults and kids to learn from and enjoy together. The simple to start 14-day Meal Plan will set children on the right track to a lifetime of healthy eating. And as a special incentive, kids who send in a two-week diet journal get a great Sugar Busters! ® Club Certificate.

If your child is overweight or is beginning to display eating habits that concern you, Sugar Busters! ® for Kids will be an essential tool for you and your family. This book is every parent's little helper in the battle to ensure that your children are healthy and fit—for life.
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The detrimental effect of a diet saturated in sugar is even more profound in children than it is in adults. This book from the authors of Sugar Busters! arms parents with practical ways to encourage healthy eating habits that both they and their kids can live -- and thrive -- with.
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The authors (of the bestselling Sugar Busters!) point out that childhood obesity has doubled in the past decade, and if this trend continues, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes will become serious health concerns for many of these youngsters. To reverse this trend, the authors promote a diet based on the consumption of low-glycemic carbohydrates (chart provided), lean meats, high-fiber vegetables, whole grains and fruits. The "terrible three" snacking staples soda, french fries, and candy are prohibited, and three servings of whole grains a day are recommended. The authors advise introducing new foods slowly but persistently. In one study, they note, it took 10 tries before kids would nibble on a new item. Noting that many parents aren't aware (or are unwilling to accept) that their children are overweight, the authors provide the formula for determining body mass index (BMI). Along with the straightforward, rather prosaic discussion of healthful eating, the book presents a variety of kid-friendly recipes, ranging from whole-wheat pizza to tofu shakes. The book includes a behavior modification chart to help children switch off sugar (activities or stickers, not food, are offered as rewards). This useful resource is sure to help parents entice kids who turn sour at the very thought of giving up sweets. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345445711
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/21/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Leighton Steward has a master of science degree from Southern Methodist University and is CEO of a Fortune 500 energy company. He also authored a booklet on causes of land loss of the lower Mississippi River wetland system. Sixty thousand of these booklets are in circulation worldwide and are referred to by many educational and governmental institutions. He is on the board of Tulane University as well as on several corporate boards. His own success and the success of others on this way of eating motivated him to write Sugar Busters! ® and Sugar Busters! ® for Kids.

Morrison C. Bethea, M.D., is a graduate of Davidson College and Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in thoracic and cardiac surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Currently he practices thoracic, cardiac, and vascular surgery in New Orleans. He is the medical consultant to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for its worldwide operations and sits on the Board of Taylor Energy and Tenet's Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Bethea has authored many publications in the field of cardiovascular disease and is a diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Samuel S. Andrews, M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He currently practices endocrinology with the Audobon Internal Medicine Group. Dr. Andrews has authored many publications and participated in several drug studies in the field of endocrinology. He is a fellow in the American Colleges of Physicians and Endocrinology. He is clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University and a member of the pancreatic transplant team.

Luis A. Balart,M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed training in gastroenterology at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and in hepatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Balart practices gastroenterology and hepatology at Tenet's Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans and is clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He is currently involved in several clinical trials in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis and is medical director of the Louisiana State University Liver Transplant Program.

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It's become an epidemic: More than six million American kids are overweight--that's one in five children. Now the authors of the bestselling diet phenomenon Sugar Busters!® have given us a plan specifically designed to keep our children fit and healthy.
Ice cream, candy bars, sugar-frosted cereals, potato chips, soft drinks. From coast to coast America is flooded with fast food and sweets--and our children are the sugar tide's first victims. Kids learn harmful eating habits from a society that loves snacking and sitting in front of the TV, fat-laden foods and little exercise. The sobering fact is: overweight children are susceptible to the same health problems as overweight adults--including heart disease and diabetes--and the longer a weight problem goes unchecked, the more serious the consequences for a child as he or she matures into adulthood.
Yet millions of adults have discovered that by lowering their carbohydrate and sugar intake, they can shed the pounds they failed to lose on other diet plans. Now it's time to help our children lose weight and feel better the Sugar Busters!® way. Remember: sugar spikes the production of insulin, which, in large amounts, keeps a child's weight from dropping off, no matter how strictly he or she diets and exercises. Based on sound nutritional principles, Sugar Busters!® for Kids is a revolutionary program that shows us how to eliminate sugar from a child's daily menu through easy-to-follow recipes and healthy meal plans . . . all without making kids feel deprived.
With Sugar Busters!® for Kids you will
• Determine whether your child is overweight with the Body Mass Index test
• Learn how to help yourchild diet with useful parental involvement tips
• Discover which foods to serve at what time of day for optimal health
• Rate the glycemic levels of various foods with a handy glycemic index
• Understand the myths of calories, fats, cholesterol, and weight gain
• Motivate your children with the charming Rhymes for Kids section
With colorful and fun illustrations by Walt Handelsman, Sugar Busters!® for Kids is a great book for adults and kids to learn from and enjoy together. The simple to start 14-day Meal Plan will set children on the right track to a lifetime of healthy eating. And as a special incentive, kids who send in a two-week diet journal get a great Sugar Busters!® Club Certificate.
If your child is overweight or is beginning to display eating habits that concern you, Sugar Busters!® for Kids will be an essential tool for you and your family. This book is every parent's little helper in the battle to ensure that your children are healthy and fit--for life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    A Fine Healthier-Living Plan for Kids

    This book will be most appealing to adults who have had success with the Sugar Busters! approach to weight control through reducing the amount of high glycemic foods (ones that raise insulin levels and thus slow down the metabolism) that they eat. Now, you will know how to integrate this approach for the whole family! If you have not yet discovered the Sugar Busters! approach, it is well worth your time. As the authors (three M.D.'s and a former Fortune 500 CEO) point out, many diseases are related to overweight and obesity (such as Type 2 diabetes which is caused by insulin resistance, and cardiovascular diseases). Two terrible things are happening now. First, childhood overweight and obesity are growing rapidly as a percentage of the population around the world. Second, what were once adult diseases related to overweight and obesity are showing up in children. The authors point out that these trends are closely associated with the rise in the use of refined sugar. These trends run in families, suggesting both genetic (homone related) and environmental causes. Most societies are developing a fear of too much animal fat in the diet. However, they ignore glycemic loading . . . to their peril. In fact, many low- and non-fat foods are loaded with sugar. But sugar isn't the only problem. Many carbohydrates act like sugar (potatoes are one of the worst). Even skim milk has a high glycemic load. The book details a selective lifestyle that will help for the 9 in 10 youngsters who are eating the wrong foods, rather than having a low thyroid level. You should ask your pediatrician to check the hormone levels if your child is overweight. Although the book lists 9 key points, I actually found 11 in going through the text. I have summarized these here: (1) Reduce the amount of refined sugar eaten. (2) Choose more low and medium glycemic foods. (3) Eat more unprocessed and less processed foods. (4) Eat more whole grains and high fiber foods. (5) Keep a balance of calories with 30% or less in carbohydrates, 20% in protein, and 30% or less in fats. (6) Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of water daily. (7) Avoid saturated fats and those that come in solid form at room temperature (such as many hydrogenated vegetable oils -- such as are often in commercial bakery products). (8) Exercise regularly. (9) Limit the time spent with TV, and games on video players or computers. (10) Minimize consumption of fast foods. (11) Parents act as role models and people who improve the eating environment for children and teens. The authors did a small, unscientifically sampled survey and found that eating and exercise habits were poorer along these lines for overweight youngsters. The worst influences seem to be sweetened soft drinks, french fries, and candy. You can have these occasionally, but overweight youngsters get each one every day! Lest this approach seem hard to do, the authors make it pretty easy. The book has tables of the glycemic loading levels for different foods. There are also tables of the fiber levels for foods. There is information about how to apply the Body Mass Index (which your pediatrician will calculate for you) to see how badly off your youngster is. You do not count calories, but rather servings. As to changing, the book is filled with directions for how to shop, menus (along with acceptable substitutes), and recipes (on the spicy side to appeal to the adults too). You can also use the recipes in any of the other Sugar Busters! series books. The recipes are almost all simple to prepare. Most include ingredients available at most food stores. There also seemed to be an attempt to keep the cost reasonable. I do think that households with younger kids will probably use fewer seasonings (but remember that no-sugar ketchup!). There is a separate section with rhymes for kids at the back, which illustrates some of the key concepts. You can use this like a standard children's b

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