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

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Children and Teens Afraid to Eat: Helping Youth in Today's Weight-Obsessed World by Frances M. Berg

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780918532565
Publisher: Healthy Weight Network
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: Afraid to Eat Series
Edition description: 3RD, REVISED
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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Without a doubt, this book should be reading material for all parents before their first child is born. We want to think our youth are active and healthy. During my years of teaching, I have been more and more disturbed at inactivity of our children, disruption of normal eating, and the amount of fat and sugar calories served in the lunch room. The food the children who carry their lunch, bring from home can be nourishing, but parents might be surprised if they watch their children eat. A child¿s lunch sack might have a good turkey sandwich with greens, two large cookies, a bar of candy, and a soft drink. The child almost always has the candy ond/or cookies at recess. When lunchtime comes, he often throws that good sandwich in the trash with the apple. The food he brought from home has now become two cookies, candy, and a soft drink. During recess too many children are inactive. Day after day, we watched the same ones stand around talking all recess while they eat their candy or cookies. After observing this for a few years, we scheduled a quarter-mile run twice a week and a full mile on Friday for P. E. Also, three times a week we have exercises appropriate to the age groups. You¿d be surprised how many look forward to all the activity once they get used to it. We think it also stimulates brain activity in the classroom. On the other hand, there are the healthy, active children who might have a cookie at recess, then play hard. They eat their sandwich and apple at lunch and the cookies and are eaten or saved for after school. In these children¿s lunch boxes there is porbably no candy. What¿s happening here? Berg says studies show that parents that don¿t ¿bug¿ their children about eating, produce children who don¿t have hang-ups about eating. Berg writes that research shows that family attitudes can play a big part in the future eating patterns of their children. When a healthy baby¿s hunger is satisfied, it will then stop drinking. Parents who ¿urge him to finish the bottle, disguise cereal with applesauce to get it down¿ and thus feel frustrated for fear the baby isn¿t eating enough, is teaching the infant that it¿s important to eat more than his body needs. All parents should read carefully and think about what Berg has to say. A parent who ¿hesitates to let a chubby toddler have seconds, makes a preschooler stay at the table until she finishes her peas, insists that the child eat `two bites of each food,¿ or lectures a school-age child to get him to drink his overmanaging, and it teaches children to ignore their natural signals of hunger and satiety.¿ By allowing a child to listen and heed these natural signals, Berg tells us that this is an important way to begin the youngster on a lifetime of healthy eating patterns. Americans serve too large portions. A friend of mine returned from a long vacation in England and remarked that she didn¿t see an overweight English person all the time she was there. I said I was surprised, I always thought Britons were gluttons. She said she did, too, but she didn¿t see any. Berg tells why. ¿A Healthy Weight Journal subscriber in London sent me an article titled: `Portions all out of Proportion¿ that decried `America¿s elephantine cuisine.¿ The writer compares national foods: hot dogs (350 calories in the U.S. versus 150 calories in Britain), cookies (493 vs. 65), ice cream cone (625 vs.160), muffin (705 vs. 158), and a meal of steak and fries (2,060 vs. 730). Until recently, our very large muffins were called ¿jumbo muffins,¿ the article notes, now they are simply `muffins.¿ ¿ Apparently, we are the ones who have become the nation of gluttons. Berg says that even some our food that is considered healthy, non-junk food is astoundingly high in calories. And the more a child above the a