Our children are growing up in a culture of obesity. Movie blockbusters arrange fast-food tie-ins, the hottest toys are given away with hamburgers, and more families eat outside the home—where processed, high-fat foods are often the choice. Couple these with the fact that many kids' favorite activities are sedentary—watching TV, playing video games, surfing the Internet—and it's no surprise that too many of our children are overweight.
But excess pounds are just the tip of the iceberg. Even children who aren't overweight are eating foods that lay the foundation for future of ill health. In perhaps the most troubling trend of all, record numbers of kids are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease normally found in people over 40.
According to nationally respected dietitian Gayle Povis Alleman, it doesn't have to be this way. In Save Your Child from the Fat Epidemic, she shows you the simple steps you can begin taking today to counteract these cultural influences and vastly improve the health and well-being of your child. Her seven-step program is designed to ignite an enthusiasm in your child for nutritious food and calorie-burning exercise. Inside, you'll discover:
· Fun and easy activities to teach your child how to make good food choices
· Over 100 healthful, good-tasting food substitutions
· Healthful fast-food picks at the most popular restaurants
· An individualized questionnaire that rates your own child's risk of becoming obese
· Simple steps you can take to break your child's TV habit—and get moving
· How to help overweight children cope with the emotional side effects of obesity
· And much more!
As a parent, nothing is more important to you than ensuring the healthy future of your child. This book shows you how.
"The food industry is doing everything it can to persuade children to eat burgers, soft drinks, fries, candy, and other junk foods. This book provides great ideas to parents who are trying to rescue their children from the junk-food juggernaut."—Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
"Finally, a comprehensive guide for everyone who cares about children's health! The information is well researched, practical, but most of all . . . FUN. Action items in each chapter will empower parents and kids to take control of their health for a lifetime."—Beve Kindblade, M.S., R.D.
About the Author
Gale Povis Alleman, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian with a master of science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. A health educator specializing in obesity prevention, she teaches nutrition at the college level and administers nutrition education programs for Washington State University Cooperative Extension. Web site, /www.nutrifitsolutions.com, offers up-to-date nutrition and fitness strategies that promote healthy families. She lives near Seattle in Kingston, Washington.
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Book Description Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0761520260