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Growing up healthy : protecting your child from diseases now through adulthood
Lunden, Joan.
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First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atria Books, [2004]

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xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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RJ101 .L860 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Outlines a step-by-step plan for parents designed to raise childhood obesity awareness and establish life-long healthy eating patterns, in a guide that covers such topics as allergies, eating disorders, and exercise.

Author Notes

Joan Lunden was co-host of ABC's Good Morning America for nearly twenty years. A bestselling author, she hosts A&E's Behind Closed Doors and the Newborn Channel's Parenting Minutes. She lives in Connecticut
Myron Winick, M.D. is the Williams Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics (emeritus) at Columbia University

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This overreaching book assumes all "take-action," "proactive" parents will dedicate themselves to their children's nutritional needs from delivery through the teen years. In order to ensure their "cute chubby child" won't "go on to become a fat teenager and adult, at risk for obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a shorter life," parents' attention to what their kids eat must be unflagging, say the authors. They prescribe researching a family medical tree, tracking children's growth and computing their body mass index. Diligent moms and dads must get young ones to love exercise, fish and vegetables and must make meals fun and snacks healthy. If Good Morning America cohost Lunden, whom pediatrician Winick calls "one of America's most famous and visible working moms," can do it, so can readers. Most of the book's real advice, however, is commonsense and can be found in any basic nutrition guide. And the authors' assertions regarding the relationship between a specific childhood nutritional regimen and adult disease have few studies to back them up. So they hedge: "We now recognize that because of the diets our children consume, some... diseases may begin in early childhood or infancy-even in the womb." But based on this uncertain hypothesis, Winick proclaims, "we now know that we can intervene on those diseases and perhaps change the course of our children's lives." Perhaps. But it's also possible that this book will merely turn mealtimes into parental guilt-trips. (May 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Dr. Myron Winick
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Pediatrician's Passionate Plea to Parentsp. 1
Part I The Remarkable Link Between Childhood Nutrition and Adult Diseases
1 Killer Diseases Begin with Childhood Nutritionp. 9
2 You Can Lower the Risk of Childhood Obesityp. 19
3 You Can Protect Your Child from the Risk of Heart Diseasep. 29
4 You Can Minimize Your Child's Risk of High Blood Pressurep. 35
5 You Can Diminish Your Child's Risk of Developing Type II Diabetesp. 43
6 You Can Lessen Your Child's Risk of Cancerp. 49
7 You Can Reduce Your Child's Risk of Developing Osteoporosisp. 53
Part II From Healthy Kids to Healthy Adults--the Right Foods Make a Difference!
8 Pregnancy: Adult Diseases Can Start in the Wombp. 61
9 Your New Infantp. 75
10 Starting Solidsp. 87
11 Teaching Your Toddler to Thrivep. 99
12 Off to Schoolp. 117
13 Adolescence: Life in the Fast-Food Lanep. 137
Part III The Tools
14 Your Family Medical Diary--a Gift Your Child Cannot Do Without!p. 159
15 Creating Your Child's Growth Book from Newborn to Adolescent--Tracking Height and Weightp. 179
16 When You Visit Your Pediatrician--a Checklistp. 189
17 An Rx for Your Sick Childp. 193
Part IV The Recipes
18 Saladsp. 205
19 Soupsp. 215
20 Meatless Main Dishes and Pastasp. 227
21 Chicken and Beefp. 239
22 Seafoodp. 259
23 Veggies and Sidesp. 271
24 Snacks and Dipsp. 287
25 Dessertsp. 295
Indexp. 303