Trim Kids(tm)

The Proven 12-Week Plan That Has Helped Thousands of Children Achieve a Healthier Weight

By Melinda S. Sothern, PhD; T. Kristian Von Almen, PhD (Joint Author); Heidi Schumacher (Joint Author)
HarperResource, Hardcover, 9780060188153, 416pp.

Publication Date: December 2001

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If you think your chubby child will outgrow his or her weight, think again. Today's world of fast food and sedentary pastimes does little to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. One in four children in this country is unhealthily overweight, and the physical and emotional costs will shorten his or her life. But there's good news: Parents can take charge -- and Trim Kids shows how.

This easy-to-use, scientifically tested plan helps children achieve a healthy weight -- and have fun doing it. Written by a team of medical experts with over fifteen years of experience helping overweight kids, this book will help you reverse the vicious circle of childhood obesity.

Trim Kids is a unique twelve-week plan that gives parents and children a positive, safe initial approach to lifetime weight management. Each week, parents and kids together will practice scientifically proven ways to increase daily activity and will set (and celebrate!) achievable eating and exercise goals. Children will learn kid-specific exercises especially designed for their weight levels, and the family will enjoy dozens of menu plans with tasty, nutritious, kid-tested recipes. You'll discover easy nutrition strategies -- including shopping lists and dining-out tips -- perfect for busy caregivers, and you'll learn how to coach your child in well-established behavioral strategies for making healthier lifestyle choices away from home.

The Trim Kids Program is based on the fifteen-year success of one of the only multidisciplinary team approaches in the world for preventing and treating childhood obesity, an approach that has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and 48 Hours and in USA Today, Ladies' Home Journal, and elsewhere.

No matter why your child is overweight, this book -- and its twelve-week plan -- will provide the support you need to ensure success. Soon, the whole family will be practicing new, healthier nutrition and activity habits.

About the Author
Melinda S. Southern, Ph.D., M.Ed., C.E.P., is a licensed clinical exercise physiologist and a research faculty member and director of the Pediatric Obesity Clinical Research Section at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She directs the Prevention of Childhood Obesity Laboratory at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. She has published extensively in the field of pediatric obesity and is a member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Expert Panel on Childhood Obesity.T. Kristian von Almen, Ph.D., is a research psychologist and assistant clinical professor in pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center. His behavioral techniques and psychosocial considerations for overweight children have been nationally and internationally presented and published.Schumacher is the chief clinical dietitian at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. She is certified diabetes educator and nutrition director with the LSU Health Sciences Center Pediatric Weight Management Program.

Praise For Trim Kids(tm)

…Parents with an obese child...would do well if they first consult Trim Kids.
-Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., Executive Director, George A. Bray Chair in Nutrition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University

“Trim Kids is an authoritative approach to understanding and treating childhood overweight.”
-David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Obesity Program; Associate Director, General Clinical Research Center, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

“This book is filled with delicious but low-calorie recipes, fun activities... [and] behavior techniques...I recommend it highly!”
-Dennis M. Styne, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of California Davis

“The strategies in Trim Kids are practical, effective, and fun for kids. I strongly recommend this comprehensive guide to parents.”
-Nancy Butte, Ph.D., Children's Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

“Trim Kids is a much-needed and unique comprehensive program for achieving healthy weight in children...and it works.”
-Michael I. Goran, Ph.D., Associate Director, Institute for Prevention Research, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics, University of Southern California

“This book does an excellent job emphasizing that kids are not just mini-adults. Their opinions are important...”
-American Association for Active Lifestyles & Fitness (AAALF), David Chong, Reviewer, Physical Activity Coordinator, Hawaii Department of Health

“The results of this program are absolutely remarkable and definitely long-term. I highly recommend it.”
-Rhonda Miller, Harvey, LA

“This book is not only practical, but lifesaving--and life-changing for kids who are overweight...This program is phenomenal!”
-Annette M. Holtz, Holland, MI

“When I hear a mother say, ‘I am worried about my whole family’s health,’ I consider offering this book as one of the tools she can use to address her concerns and move forward. I highly recommend this book.”
---Daniel Bessensen, M.D., University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, in Obesity Management, June 2006

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