Work Title: Dr. Susan's Kids-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Parent's Action Plan for Success
Work Author(s): Susan Bartell
Parent Positive Press
208 pages, Softcover $12.95
Reviewer: Amy Rea
The number of children who are overweight is growing at epidemic proportions, according to the Center for Disease Control. The percentage of school-aged kids who are overweight more than tripled from 1974 to 2004, and many of those kids become overweight or obese adults. Inactive lifestyles, reliance on fast food and junk foods, and larger portion sizes have played a major role in leading kids to becoming at risk for weight-related illnesses, many of which are potentially deadly: high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Yet at the same time, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are also on the rise, and ninety percent of those affected are adolescents and teens.
The challenge for parents is daunting---how to encourage their kids to keep themselves at a healthy weight while not crossing the line into eating disorder. Add to that the difficulty of understanding kids' weight---maybe the recent weight gain is just the precursor to a growth spurt; maybe the weight that's beyond normal range is affecting the child's social life, and school performance, and possibly mental health.
These are issues understood all too well by Dr. Bartell, who is a psychologist, former overweight teen, and mother of three. In her latest book, she explores the challenge of extra weight based on her own experience, that of the parents and kids in her psychology practice, and recommendations...