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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amanda Jackson, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book addresses the national healthcare crisis of childhood obesity in terms of physical activity. It discusses individual and social barriers to physical activity and methods to combat these barriers.
Purpose: The authors pose three questions about changes in youth physical activity: how does this happen with age, does it matter, and what can be done about it? These are timely and appropriate questions.
Audience: The audience includes any professional involved in the physical care, nutritional care, or education of children.
Features: The first of the book's three sections discusses the concepts of physical activity and sedentary behavior. The second part addresses the individual factors that can play a role in activity. The last section reviews the social and environmental impact on physical activity. The book has a significant interest in promoting youth physical activity despite numerous barriers in present day society.
Assessment: This is a very thought-provoking book, considering the current state of childhood obesity in this country. It addresses the major problem in our culture of inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle.