This website provides a profile of Sharron Dalton and introduces you to her work in Nutiriton and Public Health. You will explore Dr. Dalton's recent book Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic. FInd a sketch of her presentations and workshops for professional and community groups.
Our overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic includes:
* A discussion of what obesity is, what causes it, and why it matters
* A review of various remedies and their results
* A comparison of specific strategies and programs for children
* A plan for parents, health professionals, and school and community leaders to work together to confront childhood obesity
The United States is facing a health crisis of epidemic proportions: children are gaining weight younger and faster than ever before. With the prospect of becoming the most obese generation of adults in history, they are already turning up with an alarming assortment of "grown-up" maladies, from type 2 diabetes to high blood pressure. This book takes a clear-eyed look at what's behind the statistics and diagnoses, and what can be done about the major health crisis among American children.
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REVIEWERS COMMENTS: Our Overweight Children
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Sept/Oct 2005
The book is an easily read textbook, a quick reference guide to aspects of the obesity issue, and a straightforward handbook of suggestions specific to each group held responsible for children’s health. Boxed information and suggestions highlight practical information, and the summaries of each chapter are succinct. The reader is directed to current references, covering each topic comprehensively. It is a basic “must-read” for families, health professionals, and community leaders.
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The Lancet, September 18, 2004
"Sharron Dalton has critically analysed the roots of this epidemic. Starting by describing the causes of obesity, she goes on to detail how we can fight back. Her style is excellent, and she is especially interesting because she is describing real stories that, unfortunately, are common to every American family. Is there a solution? She proposes a united approach: a global effort involving parents, health professionals, schools, and community leaders. But her best message is a simple one and an old one; a little bit of what you fancy won't do you any harm, with nothing in excess.”
New York Times, May 11, 2004
Our overweight Children. . .”offers much valuable advice on how parents and communities can address the problem. But what really comes across is that understanding obesity is not easy.”
Times Educational Supplement (UK), June 11, 2004
“If you want to arm yourself, or someone else, with an understanding of the seriousness of childhood obesity, this is the source you need. If some of the proposed solutions seem idealistic—community action to promote play and activity areas; pressure on the food industry on portion size and ingredients—we only have to ask whether it is not worth at least attempting to effect radical change in order to protect the health of our children and future adults.”
A note about Our Overweight Children from a mother and dietitian who has worked with families and children for many years.
“I just finished your book and I LOVED it! What a wonderful, beautifully written book-- thorough, heartwarming and practical. I cheered your attention to detail and recommendations at every turn of the page. I especially liked the literature review and discussion of the discrimination of overweight children. Your recommendations for personal and societal changes are practical and have inspired me to be an even stronger voice in our school system....Bravo. I was so impressed with your book that I wrote a wonderful review on Amazon. I hope my review encourages more people to read your wise and kind words.”
Downloadable eBook version available through Amazon.com, $12.95

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