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Children and Teens Afraid to Eat: Helping Youth in Today's Weight-Obsessed World
     

Children and Teens Afraid to Eat: Helping Youth in Today's Weight-Obsessed World

by Frances M. Berg
 

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Documenting the overwhelming physical and mental effects of the pressure to be thin, this book examines the way weight obsession consumes America's youth. It describes four major weight and eating problems-eating disorders, dysfunctional eating, size prejudice, and overweight-and shows healthy ways to change. A valuable resource for parents, teachers, and health

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Documenting the overwhelming physical and mental effects of the pressure to be thin, this book examines the way weight obsession consumes America's youth. It describes four major weight and eating problems-eating disorders, dysfunctional eating, size prejudice, and overweight-and shows healthy ways to change. A valuable resource for parents, teachers, and health professionals, it explains new ways to nurture children and prevent weight problems.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ryna Levy-Milne, PhD, RDN (University of British Columbia)
Description: This third edition provides a comprehensive overview of six major eating and weight problems affecting youth and guidance on how to resolve these issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide facts and research on the plight of today's youth regarding weight issues and practical guidelines on how to make changes in the home and community to resolve these issues.
Audience: The intended audience includes healthcare practitioners, parents, and teachers. The author is a credible expert in the area of disordered eating and weight issues.
Features: The author believes in the "health at any size" paradigm, "a health-centered approach that focuses on health and well-being, not weight." She recommends a healthful "vitality" lifestyle approach that focuses on healthy eating, increased movement, and improving self-esteem. This book is well written and easy to read and is presented in a user-friendly format.
Assessment: Due to the increased prevalence of eating disorders and obesity in our youth, this book is invaluable to all care providers. It not only provides insight into the eating and weight issues that North American youths face but also provides a user-friendly approach in the form of self-help tools, check lists, etc. that is often lacking in the educational system and resources available.
4 Stars! from Doody
KLIATT
This is a comprehensive study of dysfunctional eating behavior, an epidemic that is affecting Americans of all ages, without discrimination. Most sufferers have been girls, but today more and more boys feel a need to have a specific body type. The book is not limited to discussions about anorexia and bulimia. There are as well anecdotes about adolescents' (non-) acceptance of themselves no matter what size they are. What can parents and teachers do to encourage self-acceptance in these children? As early as Chapter 1: Growing Up Afraid to Eat, Berg begins her suggestions, and includes a wonderful "Health at any Size" chart that diagrams how school, family, peers, media, and healthcare providers contribute to healthy children of all sizes living actively, eating well, and feeling good about themselves and others. On the preceding page, there is a truly funny paragraph that talks about the 1990s Chicago Bulls and how they all registered as having body masses that would label them "obese." Obviously the Body Mass Index, BMI, is being used improperly. The appendix includes a chart of BMI, notes for each chapter, and an extensive bibliography. The style is eminently readable, not only for parents and health-care professionals, but also for teachers and mature high school students. (402 South 14th St., Hettinger, ND 58639). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Healthy Weight Network, 177p, notes, bibliog, index, 23cm, $19.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Judith H. Silverman; Chevy Chase, MD, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918532558
Publisher:
Healthy Weight Network
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Afraid to Eat Series
Edition description:
3RD, REVISED
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Frances M. Berg is a licensed nutritionist, an adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and the editor of Healthy Weight Journal. She lives in Hettinger, North Dakota.

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