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Healthy Family Book Reviews

Updated on March 14, 2008

Obesity is a serious problem in the United States, many even call it an epidemic. It doesn’t only affect adults, but is also starting to plague our children. The number of obese children is on the rise. Parents are struggling to figure out how to keep their children from becoming obese, or how to help the children that already are.

An important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t place blame on anyone or anything. Children model the behavior of their parents, so the best thing you can do is to create a good example. You should never put children on a diet, but you can create a healthier lifestyle and healthier options for them.

There is a lot of information available to help you encourage your children to make healthy choices. Your pediatrician is a great first stop, but there are also websites and books that can provide a lot of great information and tips for you. If you are unsure of where to start, I suggest you read these two great books for a healthy family household.

Fit Kids

by Mary L. Gavin, M.D., Steven A. Dowshen, M.D., and Neil Izenberg, M.D

The authors of this book also provide medical information on KidsHealth.org, a site full of health information about children from before birth through adolescence. This book is a guide for parents who want to raise healthy children. Fit Kids is full of easy to follow tips information about nutrition and healthy eating habits, plus tools to teach you how to encourage your children to make healthy choices. It is easy to read and full of fun visuals, containing information that is accepted by the medical community and helpful to any parent. You can know a lot of hardly anything about nutrition and fitness for kids, but still find this book helpful and informative.

The Family Fitness Fun Book

by Rose R. Kennedy The best way to get your kids to be more active is to be more active with them. This book contains tons of ideas for children of all ages, from relays to party games to sports. The book is organized by activity type: indoor, outdoor, city, season, and so on. The games and activities range from easy to difficult, so you can find stuff for all age groups. While some of the games don’t require parental supervision or involvement, parents are encouraged to join in the activities. Not only is a fit family healthier, but also happier from all of that together time.

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    • dindin profile image

      dindin 

      10 years ago from Texas

      When we became parents, my wife and I decided that we needed to lead by example. I stopped drinking sodas (not easy for me) And no junk food in the house or fast food.

      We don't deprive him of things, we just teach him that there is junk food and you can have it sometimes but you have to eat good food.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Patty, those parents sound crazy, and I would actually report them. It is sad to see children that are underweight or overweight because it will follow them throughout their entire lives.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You're right, imo, about never putting a child on a diet. I've seen parents actually set up a binge-purge cycle with their children -- feeding them too much during the week and not at all on weekends,,,or the other way around.

      Then there was the parent that put her baby on the "point system" at only 4 months old. Good behavior = gets picked up and fed. "bad behavior" = no food and attention, no matter how long that might be. Of course, crying from hunger was bad behavior. ARRGGHHH!

      I cringe at the parents I see in television documentaries that purposely overfeed their child and think it is 1) funny or 2) makes them of higher status some how ,ala "My kids eats more than yours, so we're better than you are." Don't ge time started ! :) ! :) A 2 year old should bnot way 150 pounds imo.

      Anyway, Great Hub! Thumbs up!

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Parents should lead the way, if parents do then the children follow even without telling.

    • Jason Stanley profile image

      Jason Stanley 

      10 years ago

      Hugely important issue - good that you start people thinking here.

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats Stacie for winning the contest, hard work paid off, well done. Cheers. :)

    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 

      10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Stacie,

      Congratulations on winning the HUBLOVE contest. Your Great !!!

      Well Done

      MM

    • nyfamily5 profile image

      nyfamily5 

      10 years ago

      Great Hub

      Ann

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great hub! And on such an important subject.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • stressrelief profile image

      stressrelief 

      10 years ago from Nevada & Maryland

      Excellent! And why use the dreaded "diet" word, when just changing what you (as an adult) bring into the house is a natural, healthy diet to begin with :)

    • monitor profile image

      monitor 

      10 years ago from The world.

      Nice hub. No blame, I like that. Support, together, nice thoughts we need to act upon. Thank you. Mon.

    • Kathryn Vercillo profile image

      Kathryn Vercillo 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      An absolutely important topic today. We need to learn to teach our kids to be healthy without being obsessed with their weight - and we need all of the resources we can get our hands on to do that!

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