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Underage & overweight : America's childhood obesity crisis--what every family needs to know
Berg, Francie M.
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Publication Information:
Long Island City, N.Y. : Hatherleigh Press, [2004]

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viii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"A Healthy Living Book."
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You Can't Escape the Headlines. You Can't Avoid the Facts. Childhood obesity has reached crisis proportions. The future health of an entire generation is at risk. Underage & Overweight, written by childhood obesity expert Frances Berg, clearly lays out the causes of childhood obesity, its consequences, and cures. The first step in winning the battle for our children's well-being is understanding the full scope of the problem, and then taking action. Meticulously researched and accessible to the lay reader, the book examines the very real dangers of obesity, the consequences of sedentary living, the causes of dysfunctional eating, and how family life and our schools have contributed to the problem. Underage & Overweight provides fresh new perspectives on how to solve the crisis and gives parents, educators, and health care workers concrete steps to lead all of America's children to happier and healthier lives. This heartfelt call for public awareness, understanding, and action will surely become a landmark work in our country's war against childhood obesity. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Andrew Flach has authored numerous books on fitness & exercise.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This is the fourth book by Berg (Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine), who writes and edits articles for her Healthy Weight Journal, available at . The author intends to help parents who are concerned about their children becoming obese. Through sweeping, historically based overviews and quotes from newspapers and magazines, Berg documents the causes of and concerns about childhood obesity in contemporary US society. She describes statewide efforts to offset national trends, including those in Iowa, Michigan, and Kentucky. The last two chapters contain her seven-step program to a healthier weight and useful advice on how to help an overweight child. A dominant and appropriate theme for parents seeking advice is to "normalize" eating behaviors in their children and to encourage more fun exercise opportunities. Berg also provides suggestions for school systems, and points to the possibility of parental behavior generating dangerous eating disorders in children. A troubling statement by Berg comes within a discussion of fat storage by the body: "Protein is not stored as fat. Even with excess calories, it's not stored." This belief is at variance with most writing on nutrition, and unfortunately is not referenced. Resources include listings of programs, videos, and Web sites. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. M. K. Snooks University of Houston--Clear Lake

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part I Battle for Our Children's Health
1 America's Childhood Obesity Crisisp. 3
2 The Dangers of Childhood Obesityp. 12
Part II Root Causes
3 Childhood Obesity: Nature Versus Nurturep. 33
4 The Consequences of Sedentary Livingp. 56
5 Dysfunctional Eating Behavior: An Overviewp. 76
6 The Death of Family Meal Timep. 95
7 Feeding Our Kids at School: Who's in Charge?p. 119
Part III False Starts
8 Why Past Solutions Haven't Workedp. 137
9 Dieting is Not the Answerp. 157
10 Challenges for Overweight Childrenp. 195
Part IV A New Perspective
11 Wellness and Wholenessp. 209
12 Health at Any Sizep. 219
Part V Effecting Change
13 What Works; What Doesn'tp. 237
14 Benefits of Active Livingp. 248
15 Normalizing Your Child's Eatingp. 277
16 The Basics of Good Nutritionp. 294
17 What Schools Can Dop. 314
18 Shaping a Nurturing Environmentp. 338
19 Healthcare: A New Paradigmp. 348
20 Seven Steps to a Healthier Weightp. 372
21 Helping the Overweight Childp. 384
Resourcesp. 399
Notesp. 408
Indexp. 446