Underage and Overweight: Our Childhood Obesity Crisis - What Every Family Needs to Know

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A groundbreaking study: Includes a 7-step plan for raising healthy-weight children.

In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a press release to the American public containing some disturbing statistics: 14 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children were overweight or obese. This skyrocketing figure is associated with increases in ...

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Overview

"Offers much valuable advice on how parents and communities can address the problem." -- The New York Times

A groundbreaking study: Includes a 7-step plan for raising healthy-weight children.

In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a press release to the American public containing some disturbing statistics: 14 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children were overweight or obese. This skyrocketing figure is associated with increases in high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, as well as higher obesity figures in the adult population.

In response to the growing crisis affecting America's youth, Frances M. Berg, MS, LN, brings her lifetime of knowledge to bear on the problem of obesity in children and teens in the groundbreaking book Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic.

Studies and statistics prove that diets and exercise regimens don't work on children and teens; instead, they can lead to eating disorders, malnutrition, and increased weight gain in the long run. More than a diet and exercise plan, Underage and Overweight encourages families to promote a more active lifestyle and provide healthier food choices, rather then prescribing aerobics and limiting portions. A helpful and insightful guide to healthy living for the whole family, Underage and Overweight encourages provides solutions for parents who want to learn how to help their children lead healthier, more active lives.

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"Offers much valuable advice on how parents and communities can address the problem." -- The New York Times

"Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"An informative, easy-to read text that provides useful tips for developing healthy habits in children and adolescents." -- Journal of the American Dietetic Association

New York Times
Offers much valuable advice on how parents and communities can address the problem.
May 11, 2004
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Informative, easy-to-read ... provides useful tips for developing healthy habits ... while challenging parents... Presents a new perspective on how to solve the obesity crisis along with the tools needed to develop wellness in children of all sizes.
Aug 2004
Contemporary Pediatrics
Clearly written ... Covers a range of useful information ... the root causes of obesity ... the lure and danger of fad diets and other quick-fix solutions... Sets up a seven-step guide to maintaining healthy weight.
March 2004
Doody Reviews
I found the overall practical presentation in this book very helpful...The information on anorexia and bulimia is very good. Targets nutritionists and providers, but it also would be useful for parents.
Library Journal
The obesity epidemic among children and teens has been a major news topic. With its psychosocial and health consequences-as well as the intense pressure to be slim-it is no wonder that parents struggle to cope with their children's weight issues. Berg, a nutritionist specializing in weight control, has written a reassuring, practical book that will help both parents and children lead healthier lives. She analyzes the current data and the diets that many people follow. While admitting that many Americans lead less active lives than they should and consume too much fat and sugar, she notes that most dieters fail and end up weighing more than they did before dieting. She suggests that, since people come in a variety of shapes and sizes, parents should accept this and embark, along with their children, on a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and eating a variety of foods in moderation. A sensible diet, appropriate exercise, and a positive body image will help all children lead happy, healthy lives. Berg's positive, encouraging tone is a refreshing response to more alarmist titles like Eric Schlosser's scathing Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Greg Critser's Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, and popular fad diet books that urge people to lose weight immediately via drastic diet changes. Highly recommended.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578261932
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Series: Healthy Living Bks.
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances M. Berg, M.S., L.N. is the editor, founder, and former publisher of Healthy Weight Journal. Her previous publications include Children and Teens Afraid to Eat and Women Afraid to Eat. She is a licensed nutritionist, family wellness specialist, and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. She lives in Hettinger, North Dakota.
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