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Is your child overweight? He or she is not alone: One out of four American children are heavier than their ideal weight. The authors and their team of weight loss experts -- including pediatricians, exercise physiologists, dieticians, and psychologists -- want to help your entire family make the changes necessary to for a healthy lifestyle. Trim Kids is based on the phenomenal success of Louisiana State University's pediatric weight management program, where 90 percent of children who complete the program meet their goal weight and 65 to 70 percent maintain that weight for more than a year. Using the expertise compiled in an easy-to-follow workbook format, you and your family can create the conditions for healthy eating and exercise at home.
As a parent, you may have already tried many ways to help your child lose weight, with little success. Both of you may have experienced the myriad negative emotions that arise from childhood obesity. The good news is that carrying too much weight is a changeable condition in most cases and can be reversed with reasonable goals, emotional support, and physical education. The first part of the book prepares parents and children to "set the stage for success" by laying out the basics of good eating habits and appropriate physical activity. A partnership with your child's pediatrician is highly encouraged right from the start; creating a network of support increases the chances of success.
The program is organized into 12 weeks, beginning with that hard first week of limiting television and junk food and increasing body movement. Each week is packed with recipes, supportive anecdotes, and suggestions for fun ways to get your child's heart rate up. The authors also offer advice on boosting self-esteem, dealing with dining out, and preventing parental burnout. As the weeks go by and your child begins to see a slimmer self emerge, the commitment will certainly be worth it. (Jessica Leigh Lebos)