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Overweight Kids: Spiritual, Behavioral and Preventative Solutions [Hardcover]

By Linda Mintle (Author)
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Dr. Mintle provides spiritual and behavioral solutions for making good food choices, nutritional lifetime eating habits, a healthy body image, a physically active lifestyle, overcoming hurtful teasing, and feeling loved.

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Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World teaches parents how to raise healthy kids in an over scheduled, fast-food, video-game world by making simple choices, easy changes and instilling good habits that will improve everyone's life today and forever.

This positive, practical, and inspirational guide will help parents find spiritual and behavioral solutions to help their kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Acclaimed specialist, Dr. Linda Mintle, gives parents the information and encouragement they need to raise happy, healthy kids. As childhood obesity rises to epidemic proportions, every parent is faced with challenges that were not an issue a decade ago. Dr. Mintle addresses the toxic environment that impacts every family - overscheduling, eating on the run, sedentary options instead of active play, even school systems that no longer include physical activity. She then presents real life solutions that have immediate and long-term results for every family.

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Overweight Kids: Spiritual, Behavioral and Preventative Solutions by Linda Mintle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 131
  • Christian Home & School - 05/01/2006 page 31

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Item Specifications...

Format: Illustrated
Studio: Integrity Publishers
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  159145283X  
ISBN13  9781591452836  

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Dr. Linda Mintle is a national speaker and bestselling author of more than 15 books, including I Love My Mother, But, Letting Go of Worry, and I Married You, Not Your Family. She appears regularly on several national television and radio shows and is a network news contributor. She also hosts her own website. In her general clinical practice, she specializes in marriage and family therapy, eating disorders, and infertility. A licensed clinical social worker, she holds a PhD in urban health and clinical psychology. She and her family live in Virginia.


Linda Mintle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Breaking Free

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Looks at the Physical and the Emotional !   Feb 11, 2008
A double cheeseburger, large fries, and a chocolate shake adorn the cover of Dr. Linda Mintle's new book. Leading some more impulsive readers to make poor food choices before opening to the first page, on what was a perfect day for Frisbee golf, I took the book, a value meal, and sat down at my desk to read about obese kids.

The first chapter, titled, "Is my Child Overweight?" sets a precedent for solid content that is maintained throughout the text. Using vignettes, bulleted points, question-answer, letters from concerned parents, chapter quizzes, and sections of well-written prose, Mintle writes coherently and creatively about important, though potentially complex, measures--such as calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI)--and simplifies ideas for the casual reader, without ruining the material's integrity.

The Problem

When introducing the issues, Mintle encourages parents who struggle with weight themselves, "Leave shame, guilt, and rejection behind--they won't move us forward."1 And she elaborates, "If you are struggling with your own weight and feel it is hypocritical to feed your child differently in the hopes of helping him grow into his weight, it's not. Now would be a good time to get help to overcome your weight issues while working on establishing a healthy eating environment for your child and family."2

Dispelling harmful myth, Mintle debunks sleazy talk shows that blame parents for their severely-obese children, as well as bias headlines such as "Three-Year-Old Dies from Obesity", which have appeared in mainline news.3 Accordingly, with many of these extreme situations there are extenuating medical conditions, and still--dying from childhood obesity is unlikely.

However, childhood obesity is a problem, according to Mintle. Currently, 30% of our nations kids are overweight or at risk of being so.4 Moreover, 60% of children between the ages of 5 and 10 are already at risk for heart disease. Other risk factors of childhood obesity include asthma, diabetes, hypertension, orthopedic complications, sleep apnea, hyperlipidaemia, constipation, and polycystic ovary syndrome (in females).
Mintle identifies a myriad of factors that can lead to weight problems and presents them with cohesion. They are (1) too many calorie empty foods, (2) too little movement, (3) genetics, (4) emotional eating, (5) lifestyle and community changes, (6) family patterns, (7) the school scene, (8) advertisements and media, (9) a quick-fix mentality, and (10) poor spiritual equipping.

The Solution

Moving from problems to solutions, Mintle suggests a set of rules to ensure body weight is not a lifelong battle for kids. The first one: no diets (in the conventional sense of the term)! Other guidelines include never becoming the "food police", making good food choices and healthy living a family affair (i.e., don't treat differently one family member who struggles with weight), and setting a personal example of moderation and balance.

The book is uncommonly content rich, each chapter providing useful guidance to the reader. The text addresses more issues that can be listed (a look at the table of contents doesn't do the book justice), but a few areas of note are:

-How to talk to kids about health without scarring them for life
-Setting new eating and lifestyle habits that will improve well-being
-What and when to feed infants and toddlers of different ages
-Information on fat, trans-fat, carbohydrates, and protein nutrition
-Helping kids of varying ages keep healthy (diet and activity)
-Instilling good self-esteem and a healthy identity in kids.
-Setting up good motivations (e.g., rewards, contracts, etc.)
-Dealing with sedentary kids
-Satisfying food cravings
-Getting away from emotional eating
-Emotional growth and emotional self-regulation
-Coping with childhood peer-teasing
-Countering body image stereotypes from the media
-Spiritual health and growth
-Knowing when to seek professional assistance

Is there support for the claims states in the book? Though not all Mintle's statements reference a research study, the citations are ample-about 150 throughout the 232 pages of content.


Dr. Linda Mintle's book does what books like this should. It dispels common myth, and makes complex content both comprehendible and applicable to the reader. And it does this without compromising the integrity of the message. Moreover, in setting out to address physical health, Mintle takes a genuine "whole-person approach" for spiritual, relational and emotional health are present areas of concern throughout the book.

Additionally, this book outplays its recent competition on nearly every level. Linda Mintle sets out to address the issue of health among children. And she succeeds.

Final note: Telephone and Online Counseling might be a good way to help struggling parents. Learn to provide telephone and online counseling with this exceptional book: The Therapist's Clinical Guide to Online Counseling and Telephone Counseling: The Definitive Training Guide for Clinical Practice
Finally! A wholistic approach to helping kids  Jun 3, 2005
I was thinking about sending my daughter to one of those weight camps and now I am not going to do it. Instead, we are trying to do the things Dr. Linda suggests. So far, it's working. My son doesn't like the limit on video games but I now realize, I'm in charge and doing what's best for him. This book got me thinking about lifestyle changes, not just weight.
The wholistic approach makes more sense than faddish diets.

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