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A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health

A Road Map to Health

American Academy of Pediatrics

Edited By:
Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP
Price:
$ 15.95
Published:
2006
Item Number:
CB0041
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Foreword

Introduction
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #1: Where Is Your Child Today?
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #2: Your Child and His or Her Weight
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #3: Where Do You and Your Child Want to Go?
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #4: How Will You and Your Child Get There?

Chapter 1: The Problem of Obesity
The Physical Toll: Medical Diseases and Conditions
Obesity’s Emotional Toll
Childhood Obesity: What Are the Common Misconceptions?
Assessing Your Child’s Obesity
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #5: Your Child’s Genetics and Family History
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #6: Environmental Factors

Chapter 2: What’s to Eat? The Importance of Good Nutrition
Supporting Your Child’s Growth
Structured Eating
Food Groups and MyPyramid
Portion and Serving Sizes
Making Smart Shopping Choices
Eating on the Run
The Perils of Fast Food
The Power of Incremental Changes
All in the Family
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #7: How Is Your Child Eating Now
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #8: What Nutritional Problems Exist?
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #9: Is Your Child Eating More Healthfully?

Chapter 3: Physical Activity: Ready, Set, Be Fit!
Physical Activity = Better Health
Getting Started
What Activity Should Your Child Choose?
Physical Activity and Your Child’s Safety
Finding Time to Be Active
Turning Family Time Into Active Time
Looking Forward
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #10: Where Does Your Child Stand?

Chapter 4: Your Role as a Parent: Developing a Consistent Approach
Putting Health First
You Are the Agent for Change
Customizing Approaches for Your Family
The Power of Family
Structured Eating
Partnering With Your Pediatrician
Keeping Focused on the Goal
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #11: Assessing Your Home Environment

Chapter 5: What’s Your Parenting Style? Assessing Your Strengths and
Challenges
Your Own Family Background
Family Interactions
Emotions and Food
Time for Reevaluation
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #12: Time For Reevaluation

Chapter 6: Parenting Challenges: Working With Your Child to Get Back to Good Health
Managing Setbacks and Detours
Sneaking Food
Snacking, Grazing, and Your Child’s Hunger
Teasing and Bullying
Child Care and School Issues
When Time Becomes an Issue
Vacations, Holidays, and Other Family Gatherings
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #13: Conquering Setbacks
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #14: Evaluating Snacking Behaviors
  
Chapter 7: Before Your Baby Is Born: The Prenatal Period
Optimizing Your Own Nutrition
Are You Going to Breastfeed?
Are You Physically Active?
Important Points to Remember
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #15: Your Family’s Well-being: Past, Present, and Future
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #16: Topics to Discuss With Your Pediatrician

Chapter 8: The First Year
Feeding Your Baby: Breast or Bottle?
How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
A Crying Baby: What Does it Mean?
Getting Started With Solid Foods
How Active Is Your Baby?
TV Watching and Young Children
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #17: The First Year

Chapter 9: The Toddler Years
Rely on Your Pediatrician
Optimizing Nutrition
Picky Eaters
What About Dietary Fat?
Selecting Snacks
The Active Toddler
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #18: The Toddler Years
    
Chapter 10: The Preschool Years
What Is Your Child Eating?
TV and Your Child’s Diet
What if Your Child Becomes Angry?
Increasing Physical Activity
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #19: The Preschool Years
  
Chapter 11: The School-age Years
Eating for Good Health 
Making Sense of Childhood Eating Behaviors
The Hazards of Sneaking Food
Making Fitness a Way of Life
The Role of Your Pediatrician
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #20: The School-age Years
  
Chapter 12: The Adolescent Years
Your Changing Role
Nourishing Your Growing Teenager
Wielding Your Influence
Breaking a Sweat for Weight Loss
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #21: The Adolescent Years

Chapter 13: When Problems Arise

Afterword
Goals for the Future
What if Your Child Backslides?
Looking Ahead
Worksheet to Take to Your Pediatrician #22: Evaluation

Index

Description

Are you worried about your child’s extra weight? If so, you’re not alone. Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States, affecting more than 9 million children and teens.

Being overweight can limit your child’s physical activity and contribute to low self-esteem, but what’s even more disturbing are the serious medical conditions and diseases that can develop as a result of being too heavy—like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

How do you as a parent take steps to help your child lose weight? Like it or not, childhood obesity is not a problem that can be solved overnight. Even so, the message of this book is simple—you and your child can succeed.

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health offers long-term strategies and expert advice along with worksheets, questionnaires, and other interactive tools to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight.

 This comprehensive guide offers:

  • Sensible, nutritional information and guidelines, emphasizing balanced and nourishing meals
  • Strategies for dealing effectively with a variety of parenting challenges
  • Approaches for encouraging increased physical activity
  • Questionnaires to evaluate how food is used in families
  • Guidance on how to partner with pediatricians, extended family members, schools, and child care providers to help ensure success

Testimonials

"Easy-to-follow guide for families."  —Scholastic Parent & Child


"This title stands out because of its thorough and practical approach. Recommended."  —Library Journal


"Informative guide to understanding and combating childhood obesity."  —Georgia Family

About the author

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 member pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. One of the major activities of the AAP is providing reliable educational materials for parents and caregivers. Under the direction of a medical editor, content developed by the AAP is rigorously reviewed by appropriate committee members to ensure compliance with the organization's current policy and recommendations.

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