Always the Fat Kid: The Truth About the Enduring Effects of Childhood Obesity

Hardcover | March 26, 2013

byJacob Warren, K. Bryant Smalley

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Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in a generation. But while debates continue over the content of school lunches and the dangers of fast food, we are just beginning to recognize the full extent of the long-term physical, psychological, and social problems that overweight children will endure throughout their lives. Most dramatically, children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, something never before seen in the course of human history. They will face more chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes that will further burden our healthcare system. Here, authors Jacob Warren and K. Bryant Smalley examine the full effects of childhood obesity and offer the provocative message that being overweight in youth is not a disease but the result of poor lifestyle choices. Theirs is a clarion call for parents to have "the talk" with their kids, which medical professionals say is a harder topic to address than sex or drugs. Urgent, timely, and authoritative, Always the Fat Kid delivers a message our society can no longer ignore.

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Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in a generation. But while debates continue over the content of school lunches and the dangers of fast food, we are just beginning to recognize the full extent of the long-term physical, psychological, and social problems that overweight children will endure throughout their lives. Mos...

Jacob C. Warren, PhD and K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD are the co-executive directors of the Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern University. They have published numerous scientific articles on health behaviors, social influences on mental health, and the impact of obesity on children.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.88 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230341772

ISBN - 13:9780230341777

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"A chronicle of the painful, long-term effects of being a "fat kid.". [And a] useful call to arms in the fight against childhood obesity." -Kirkus"Children are growing up in an environment that simultaneously glorifies super skinny bodies and eating unhealthy junk food, leading to many children's unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies. Parents need all the help they can get understanding the problem and what they can do to help their children resist or recover from these harmful forces. A book for our times, Always the Fat Kid deals with the issues in a comprehensive and highly practical way. It will help all parents do a better job promoting healthy food and eating habits with their kids for life." -Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., professor of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College and co-author of So Sexy So Soon"A page-turner. Always the Fat Kid is a must-read for parents or anyone who works with children." -Kelly Dorfman, M.S., clinical nutritionist and author of the award winning What's Eating Your Child?"This is a book we can all relate to, some painfully so. Issues of weight, body image, culture, and identity are critical for healthy development, a process often curtailed by the media. A much needed book that helps us unpack the complexity of information in the culture about our bodies, ourselves, the complications it leds to in relationships. A must read for parents, clinicians, and anyone interested in the effects of childhood obesity." -Debra Merskin, professor, University of Oregon"Always the Fat Kid comprehensively explores the underlying causes of childhood obesity and the impact this condition has on children, the adults they become and the social structure they exist within. It is an excellent resource for parents, educators and all individuals concerned with understanding and ultimately halting this very personal and very public problem." -Rafael Cervantes, professor, St. Catherine University