Overweight Children: Resources

On the Web

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Offers a comprehensive overview of the causes and health consequences of being overweight or obese, and how families, schools and communities can address it. You’ll also find the equation for measuring body mass index (BMI), a key determiner of overweight or obesity in children and adults.

The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General – This comprehensive site features the Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent obesity and offers information on causes, health effects and prevention.

VERB: It’s What You Do – If you haven’t heard of this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services campaign to promote positive physical activities among children ages 9 to 13, your kids probably have. TV commercials for VERB abound on channels such as Nickelodeon. See what all the buzz is about.


Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, by Ellyn Satter, Bull Publishing, 2000. Also, Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family (Kelcy Press, 1999) and How to Get Your Kid to Eat … But Not Too Much (1987). Satter’s philosophy is to promote healthful eating through pleasurable family mealtimes without the rush or pressure.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser, Houghton Mifflin, 2001. This eye-opening book looks at how the fast-food industry has done everything from widening the gap between rich and poor to fueling the obesity epidemic.

Fit Kids: Raising Physically and Emotionally Strong Kids with Real Food, by Eileen Behan, R.D., Pocket Books, 2001. This is a practical guide to determining if your child is overweight, changing eating patterns, encouraging positive self-image and implementing a healthy, pleasurable family mealtime.

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