Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic--What Every Parent Needs to Know

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New paperback version of the acclaimed study on childhood obesity.
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Reviewer: Ann M McCarthy, PhD (C), MSN, BSN, (Northern Navajo Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a good overview of all key aspects of childhood obesity: underactivity, overeating, anorexia, and bulimia. The 7-step program is very useful and simple with good applicability.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a practical method of intervening in order to address childhood obesity on an individual level. There clearly is a need for this approach and the book meets its objectives.
Audience: The author targets nutritionists and providers, but it also would be useful for parents because it is simply written. The author is credible in her knowledge of the subject matter.
Features: An overview of obesity and its causes is presented, followed by the 7-step program. The information on anorexia and bulimia is very good and the 7-step program is presented in a simple way.
Assessment: As someone in a busy pediatric practice who has limited time to offer education during the course of a clinic visit, but who sees many children with this problem, I found the overall practical presentation in this book very helpful.
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: 9781578261208
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    We can help our kids. Jill Fleming, RD of Thin Choices.

    This book addresses the issue of our overly-busy lives. Our children are as stressed and over-booked as we are. Their eating choices and patterns coupled with their lifestyle choices are the reason for obesity and eating disorders in children. I love that this book teaches us how to normalize eating and activity choices. Our children are not in touch with their internal hunger & satiety signals because of the overly processed foods we are letting them use to fuel their bodies. We parents have become too busy to schedule family dinners and bike rides with our kids. We are tossing food over the back seat to our kids as we are driving them to their next scheduled event. We have become afraid of unsafe communities and therefore are keeping our kids inside more often, where they are sitting in front of screens. The message in this book is that we need to stop placing all of the blame on the school lunches or fast food marketing and take control of the lifestyle choices we are helping our children make. We need to help our kids get back to normalized eating and playing just because it feels good. Jill Fleming, MS, RD Professional Speaker & Author of Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates: Simple Lifestyle Choices for Permanent Weight Loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    Focus on health, not thinness

    From Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D Restrictive diets, diet pills and worse -- weight-loss surgery -- are potentially harmful and can interfere with a child's growth and development. So what can we do to safely help children reach a healthy weight? In her book, 'Underage and Overweight'­ Francie Berg, licensed nutritionist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, discusses how our sedentary lifestyles, fast-food culture and junk-food-laden school environments contribute to obesity. She emphasizes the importance of enjoying physical activity, developing family communication skills and modeling healthy eating habits. Berg's goal: Help children adopt a healthy, confident, diet-free lifestyle so they can be physically and emotionally fit at any size. She asserts that overweight children need our support, acceptance and encouragement. For example, Berg emphasizes how important it is for all children to know that they are loved unconditionally. Children's feelings about themselves often are based on their parents' feelings about them. If your child is overweight, your home needs to be a safe haven where he or she can feel good about himself or herself and escape harassment. Recommendations from Berg's book: - Explain that people grow at different rates at different times. For example, weight gain before growth spurts and during puberty is normal. Our genes largely determine where excess fat will be deposited and whether we are more or less susceptible to becoming overweight. Just as some of us, even within the same family, are more prone to sunburn, some of us gain weight more easily than others. - Emphasize your child's positive attributes and talents, and teach him or her that these are the things that count. Help him or her develop skills they're good at. - Take a positive approach. Involve the whole family in building healthy eating and activity habits. That way, you're not singling out the overweight child. Focus on health rather than thinness. Remember, habits - not diets - are key to your family's health and well-being. Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D Columbia Daily Tribune 'Food Sleuth' Columnist Food and Society Policy Fellow Columbia, MO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    Excellent resource, explains what works, what doesn't

    I found 'Underage and Overweight' to be an excellent, relevant resource in the very critical issue of weight and children in our society. Of special note is the 'what works; what doesn't' section. Many of our students are still adolescents and have for most of their lives suffered from weight issues whether they are 'overweight' or not. Their well-meaning parents have often been part of the problem, trying to protect their child from becoming 'overweight,' which is so apparent in the scantily clad tropics of the Hawaiian Islands. Having a resource that gives such a broad overview of the issues is invaluable. Anne Caprio Shovic, Ph.D., R.D., Associate Professor, Dietetics Program Director, Human Nutrition, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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