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Childhood Obesity: A Growing Problem

Kids face a lot of challenges as they grow up: Learning how to make and keep friends, get homework done and have fun while staying safe. But children today are now confronting a growing, oversized problem that puts them at risk for a host of lifelong medical conditions. That problem is childhood obesity.

Childhood Obesity Facts (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

My Plate Dietary Guidelines (United States Department of Agriculture)

Helping Your Child Who is Overweight (National Institute of Health)

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers (National Institute of Health)

Taking Aim at Childhood Obesity (National Institute of Health)

NC Services & Support Groups

Books on Heart Disease


Who's the New Kid?: How an Ordinary Mom Helped Her Daughter Overcome Childhood Obesity -- and You Can Too!

Heidi Bond and Jenna Glatzer (2016)

At nine years old, Breanna Bond weighed a whopping 186 pounds. Who’s the New Kid? shows readers how Heidi helped her daughter lose weight without the aid of fad diets, medication, or surgery and how other parents can do the same with their kids.

Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: The Food Solution That Lets Kids Be Kids

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, MD (2009)

Leading pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff's Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right teaches kids how to make healthy choices based on the principles of the traffic light: green light foods are nutritious, yellow light foods are eaten in moderation, and red light foods are occasional treats. 

Free Your Child from Overeating: A Handbook for Helping Kids and Teens

Michelle P. Maidenberg PhD, MPH, LCSW-R (2016)

It can be tempting to hope that your child’s overeating is “just a phase,” but the price of inaction is too high. Using Dr. Maidenberg’s 53 strategies (rooted in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy), you can free your child from overeating or obesity by building his or her confidence.

Last Updated July 2018

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