American children are growing up too fat. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a press release to the American public containing some disturbing statistics: 14 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children were overweight or obese. This skyrocketing youth obesity figure is associated with increases in high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, as well as higher obesity figures in the adult population.Frances Berg, MS, LN, has spent years researching and writing about weight and eating. Now, in response to the growing crisis affecting America's youth, she brings her lifetime of kwledge to bear on the problem of obesity in children and teens in the groundbreaking book Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic.Underage and Overweight is more than a diet and exercise plan. Studies and statistics prove that diets and exercise regimens don't work on children and teens; instead, they can lead to eating disorders, malnutrition, and increased weight gain in the long run. Underage and Overweight encourages families to promote a more active lifestyle and provide healthier food choices, rather then prescribing aerobics and limiting portions. By changing the way our families think about food and physical activity, we encourage children and teens to learn healthy habits that should drastically reduce the rates of overweight and obesity in American youth.A helpful and insightful guide to healthy living for the whole family, Underage and Overweight provides solutions for parents who are concerned about overweight or obesity in their children -- or who simply want to learn how to help their children lead healthier, more active lives.