Fit from the Start: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Infancy

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Nearly 2 out of 3 children who are obese by kindergarten will remain obese as teens, and most of these teens will become obese adults.

Mounting evidence shows that the first few years of life are a critical time for preventing obesity—and the earlier the start, the better. Fit from the Start: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Infancy provides essential information that parents and parents-to-be need, to spare their baby a lifetime of struggle with obesity.

Written by a pediatrician (Alvin N. Eden), obesity scientist (Barbara J. Moore), and nutritionist (Adrienne Forman), this book takes the latest scientist evidence on preventing childhood obesity in infancy and translates it into easy-to-understand, practical guidance and expert advice. The book covers healthy feeding practices, infant sleep habits and exercises that give a baby an early start to life-long good health. This includes:

  • How to avoid overfeeding
  • When and how to start on solid foods
  • How to spot and slow down rapid weight gain
  • Why sleep matters and how to establish healthy sleep habits
  • How to help baby get exercise starting soon after birth

Fit from the Start also offers menus plans and delicious recipes to help moms maintain or safely lose weight. Plus, exercises videos of fun, age-appropriate activities described in the book are on the Shape Up America! website at shapeup.org.

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