Always the Fat Kid: The Truth About the Enduring Effects of Childhood Obesity

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Macmillan, Mar 26, 2013 - Psychology - 242 pages
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Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in a generation. But while debates continue over the content of school lunches and the dangers of fast food, we are just beginning to recognize the full extent of the long-term physical, psychological, and social problems that overweight children will endure throughout their lives. Most dramatically, children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, something never before seen in the course of human history. They will face more chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes that will further burden our healthcare system. Here, authors Jacob Warren and K. Bryant Smalley examine the full effects of childhood obesity and offer the provocative message that being overweight in youth is not a disease but the result of poor lifestyle choices. Theirs is a clarion call for parents to have "the talk" with their kids, which medical professionals say is a harder topic to address than sex or drugs. Urgent, timely, and authoritative, Always the Fat Kid delivers a message our society can no longer ignore.

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This all-encompassing book lends to the physical, psychological and social damage that is sustained through adulthood brought about by obesity experienced as a child. Most startling was the ... Read full review

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Always the Fat Kid was a very interesting book about the long-term effects of childhood obesity, both physical and psychological. It begins by giving some history about obesity in the U.S., the ... Read full review


INTRODUCTION The Secret Word Is Fat
By Numbers
Oodles of Calories
Get Moving
Physical Impact in Childhood
Physical Impact in Adulthood
Mental Health Impact in Childhood
Mental Health Impact in Adulthood
Social Impact
Relationship with Food
The Fat Kid Syndrome
ELEVEN What Can We Do?
RESOURCE GUIDE Where Do We Go From Here?

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Jacob C. Warren, PhD and K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD are the co-executive directors of the Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern University. They have published numerous scientific articles on health behaviors, social influences on mental health, and the impact of obesity on children.

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