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Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens: New Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publication Offers Practical Advice on Developing Long-Term Habits

2012-01-17

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

The weight of American children has skyrocketed: On average, children today weigh about 10 pounds more than they did 30 years ago, and one in every three children is overweight or obese.

Helping children achieve and maintain a healthy weight is more important than ever, and a new book from Eat Right Press, the publishing arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), strives to help parents better address the nutritional health of their children.

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens offers practical strategies for managing weight, learning to make good, appealing food choices, staying active and building better long-term habits for a healthy life.

"As parents, we are our children's first and best teachers and their most influential role models," said registered dietitian Jodie Shield, co-author of Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens. "This book will empower parents with the knowledge and tools they need to help their kids achieve a healthier weight in the fattening world in which they live and play."

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight is designed not to be read cover to cover, but is a customizable book, allowing readers to choose chapters that are most appropriate for their families' needs. Two introductory chapters define a healthy weight and outline eight strategies, helping the reader decide which to choose first:

  1. Eat With a Plan
  2. Turn Off the Tube and Move
  3. Pop the Soda Habit
  4. Practice Portion Control
  5. Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies
  6. Slow Down the Fast Food
  7. Sound the Alarm
  8. Come Together

"Each of these strategies is backed by years of scientific research that can help children and teens reach and maintain a healthier weight," Shield said. "Studies have also found that each of these strategies may be essential to preventing unhealthy weight gain in kids currently at a healthy weight, as the strategies promote healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime."

Concluding the book are three weeks of sample menus to help the reader plan "Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight" family meals and snacks. The chapter offers more than 40 kid-tested-and-approved healthy recipes.

"Co-author Mary Catherine Mullen and I collectively have seven kids between 12 and 23," Shield said. "We are right there with parents. We know firsthand how challenging it can be to get kids to eat more vegetables, spend more time being active, replace wasted calories with healthy, nutritious foods, and even get the whole family to sit down and eat together on a regular basis. That's why Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight is the perfect blend of science and real-world experience."

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens is available for $21.95 (paperback) on the Academy's website at www.eatright.org/shop and will be available at bookstores and online retailers in February.

For a media review copy or to interview Jodie Shield or Mary Catherine Mullen, journalists can e-mail media@eatright.org.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.