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Trade Paperback
223 pages
Jan 2007

The No-Gimmick Guide to Raising Fit Kids

by Robert S. Andersen, MD

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Childhood obesity has become a national concern discussed on TV shows and debated by elected officials. In The No-Gimmick Guide to Raising Fit Kids, Dr. Robert S. Andersen, one of the nation's leading pediatricians, brings the questions and answers home to parents.

Andersen approaches the crisis of obesity with facts, statistics, anecdotes from his practice, and a practical approach. He simplifies some basic health issues. He bases his plans for children's eating on foods that will not push the body toward diabetes by raising the glycemic index. He offers exercises and suggestions for increasing a child's energy expenditure.

His style is straight-forward, interesting, and anecdotal. My only problem with the book is that he doesn't make it clear that sometimes the difference between a younger child being considered obese or weighing an acceptable amount can be less than five pounds.

The book includes menus and recipes, descriptions of exercises, and indices for glycemic index and glycemic load, fiber values for common foods, a calorie burning chart, and a caloric requirement chart for children. – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Raise fit kids without the gimmicks!

Obesity is affecting our children at an alarming rate. Today’s high-calorie menus and low-effort lifestyles can lead to serious illness and social isolation. Some parents seek a quick fix, but gimmicks don’t work! Dr. Robert Andersen, an award-winning pediatrician and experienced dad, has a commonsense, down-to-earth plan that does. In this easy-to-follow guide you’ll discover . . .

tips on helping kids lead a healthy lifestyle
how to make changes that last
the basics of metabolism
how to stop obesity before it starts
nutritional advice for kids of all ages
fun physical activities for the whole family
motivators to help kids get with—and stick with—the program

Give your kids the gift of fitness—by helping them care for the wonderful, one-of-a-kind bodies God gave them.