A Prescription for Childhood Weight Loss
"Dr. David Ludwig has written what I believe is the definitive book on childhood nutrition. It is must reading for every parent who is concerned with their children's eating habits."
â€” Arthur Agatston, MD, Author, The South Beach Diet
During the past decade, Americans have been increasingly bombarded with warnings of a rampant epidemic: childhood obesity. In the United States today, nearly 33 percent of children are overweight â€” that's one out of every three! And no demographic is safe from harm: Obesity is affecting all racial and ethnic groups, from every socioeconomic level. The soaring numbers, along with the associated long-term health risks and costs, are raising much concern among health-care professionals, policy makers, and children's advocates.
Dr. Arthur Agatston, who tackled obesity in adults with his wildly popular South Beach Diet has also been taking on the childhood obesity crisis with the Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren (HOPS) Study, which has been in progress for the past four years. HOPS, which is conducted and funded by the Agatston Research Foundation, is designed to test the feasibility of improving public school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in order to reduce childhood obesity and improve academic performance. HOPS has been found to be replicable and is currently being rolled out in public schools throughout Florida. The intention is to eventually introduce it nationwide. "My goal with HOPS is to drive changes in the breakfast, lunch, and snack programs in our public schools and to teach children and adults why these changes are so important," he says. "It's up to everyone â€” parents, teachers, community leaders, doctors â€” to teach our nation's children healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating nutritious foods and leading active lives."
What can you do for your family at home? In the newly released paperback version of his book, Ending the Food Fight, Dr. David Ludwig, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Optimal Weight for Life program (OWL) at Children's Hospital Boston, outlines his scientifically proven nine-week family-based plan to achieve weight loss and optimal health.
Based on experience from one of the country's oldest and largest programs for overweight children, Ending the Food Fight provides everything a parent needs, including menu plans, recipes, food lists, motivational tools, and age-appropriate information.
Ending the Food Fight offers hope and guidance to parents and children who feel powerless against the tipping scales. By addressing three key factors that affect a child's body weight â€” biology, behavior, and environment â€” Dr. Ludwig arms parents everywhere with the tools they need to help their children achieve an ideal and healthy weight for life.
For more information about HOPS, visit www.AgatstonResearchFoundation.org
. Pick up a copy of Ending the Food Fight from your local bookstore today.