Overweight Teenagers: Don't Bear the Burden Alone

Overweight Teenagers: Don't Bear the Burden Alone

Overweight Teenagers: Don't Bear the Burden Alone

Overweight Teenagers: Don't Bear the Burden Alone

Synopsis

Overweight Teenagers: Don't Bear the Burden Alone is a straightforward guide designed to speak frankly to teenagers about what overweight is and how to confront it safely and effectively. Dr. Michael D. LeBow, an expert in the field of obesity studies, stresses that young people must not judge their self-worth solely by reading a weight scale. Sensitive to teenagers' lack of self-esteem, the author urges consideration of the pros and cons of controlling overweight. Through a series of revealing accounts with overweight teenagers and their parents, Dr. LeBow looks upon a number of important issues, in particular the verbal abuse inflicted by peers; the risks of possible illness in adulthood (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer); the importance of acknowledging and overcoming obstacles; the value of "positives" in controlling actions and behavior to design a better overall environment; and the contradictory eating protocols befalling teens at home, school, or in public places. As a compassionate, exceptionally beneficial advisor, the author maintains that those who want to be thinner deserve access to safe, rational methods of weight loss. In addition, the text is clarified by a comprehensive set of Recommended Dietary Allowances tables and an appendix of suggested readings. Overweight Teenagers not only teaches, but advocates the challenge to lose overweight without jeopardizing oneself, without suffering stratagems destined to damage the body and depress the spirit. By enlisting and accepting the aid of parents, doctors, and teachers, teenagers will discover that they need not bear alone the burden of overweight. Guidance counselors and school administrators, physicians, nutritionists, behavioral psychologists, and other health professionals will find this an important resource for helping teens.

Excerpt

If you've ever felt the pain of being overweight, of being teased by friends, of being left out of games and social activities, then read this book. This book is written for you -- the teenager. That is why it is such a special book. Actually, that is just one of many reasons. This book is special because it is written by Dr. Michael LeBow, one of the foremost researchers in the treatment of childhood, adolescent, and teenage weight problems. However, just because he is an expert doesn't mean that this book is filled with difficult-to-follow technical details. Quite the contrary. Dr. LeBow's program and guidelines are provided along with clearcut examples based on your concerns, hopes, fears, and daily struggles.

After just a few pages, you'll realize another important reason to read this book. Dr. LeBow has "been there." He tells of coping "when I was about 12 years old, fat, and the butt of fat jokes." He remembers a friend who told him, "You'd really be nice looking, if you'd lose 40 pounds." Dr. LeBow knows that much of the pain from being overweight comes from interpersonal rejection. His focus on this area is just one of the reasons I was honored to be asked to write this introduction. For many years, my own research has focused on the damaging effects of teasing on one's body image and self-esteem.

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