H. Leighton Steward, Author, Morrison Bethea, Author, Sam Andrews, Author Ballantine $23.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-345-44571-1

The authors (of the bestselling Sugar Busters!) point out that childhood obesity has doubled in the past decade, and if this trend continues, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes will become serious health concerns for many of these youngsters. To reverse this trend, the authors promote a diet based on the consumption of low-glycemic carbohydrates (chart provided), lean meats, high-fiber vegetables, whole grains and fruits. The "terrible three" snacking staples—soda, french fries, and candy—are prohibited, and three servings of whole grains a day are recommended. The authors advise introducing new foods slowly but persistently. In one study, they note, it took 10 tries before kids would nibble on a new item. Noting that many parents aren't aware (or are unwilling to accept) that their children are overweight, the authors provide the formula for determining body mass index (BMI). Along with the straightforward, rather prosaic discussion of healthful eating, the book presents a variety of kid-friendly recipes, ranging from whole-wheat pizza to tofu shakes. The book includes a behavior modification chart to help children switch off sugar (activities or stickers, not food, are offered as rewards). This useful resource is sure to help parents entice kids who turn sour at the very thought of giving up sweets. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/06/2001
Release date: 08/01/2001
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