Quick review for a quick read. “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens” is a very valuable guide for nutrition guidelines and healthy eating practices for kids and teens. Considering the rise in obesity and health risk factors for this age group, Jodie Shield and Mary Catherine Mullen write this guide from their respective expertise as registered dietitians. I found this especially helpful since I’m passionate about reading texts that aid in the reduction of childhood obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in this age group. The text explains the importance of evaluating BMI and how to measure/calculate it, shows strategies on how to maintain healthy eating habits (with references to ChooseMyPlate.gov), provides interactive worksheets to keep track of healthy goals and eating habits, among other useful tools and tidbits on the various food groups. I also loved that this was a guide that not only focused on eating habits for kids and teens, but also encourage an active lifestyle through physical activity.
The narrative focuses on some successful interventions as well as, at the end of the narrative, sample dietary logs and recipes featuring healthy eating alternatives (The banana nut bread one had my mouth watering certainly!)
Overall, a great guide and one I would recommend not only for parents who wish to help their children maintain a healthy eating and active lifestyle, but also for those who are interested in the fight against childhood obesity.
Overall score: 4/5 stars
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.