Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic

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Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic Sharron Dalton. London, England: University of California Press, 2004; 292 pp

This book provides an understanding of the current obesity epidemic, and offers practical strategies to counter this problem. The author discusses the increasing need for prevention of this disease, including the need to teach children to respect their internal cues of hunger and satiety, and teaching parents to become authoritative, and actively engage with their children. Additionally, this book discusses the nature versus nurture debate and specifically documents that the hereditary factor (genes) and the environmental/cultural factors (home/school) together affect this disease. This book assesses home concerns (feeding practices, and the increase in fast-food consumption), as well as school concerns (vending machines and junk food).

Dalton highlights the increase in unhealthy food, coupled with the decrease in physical activity participation (which may be a result of unsafe streets) as disconcerting for health professionals. She acknowledges different weight management programs, but supports only following the food pyramid, and offering children a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in fat and protein. …

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