The Best Way To Help Teenagers Lose Weight is to Get Them Books Written Specifially to Them

According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III), one out of every six teenagers from age 12 to 19 were overweight. Within that number over 1/4 of non-Latino black girls within that age group were overweight.

There are so many factors that contribute to teenage obesity, that it is almost impossible to just pick one. Yes, we can say, eat less and don't eat fast foods but that does not account for other issues that may play a significant role in teenage weight gain. Peer pressure, depression, unhealthy body image and low self-esteem are all real issues plaguing teens today. Many teens are also not too concerned getting the proper amount of exercise by turning off the television, Xbox, WII or other games and becoming more physically active. More seriously, there could be undiagnosed heath problems that is causing weight gain leading to obesity.

As they mature into adulthood, children and teens who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, some types of cancer, respiratory problems, some psychological problems and sleeping disorders-just to name a few. As children and teens they are routinely victimized by other (as children can be very cruel), this victimization causes depression, poor self-esteem or even cause some teens to try and take their own lives.

It is important to get teenage obesity under control. The problem is too serious to cover in just one articles, so below is a list of great books that come highly recommended by other parents to help you and your teenager combat the issue successfully.

The Diet for Teenagers Only

Authors: Barbara Schroeder, Carrie Wiatt

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This book is written for teenage girls. The authors help parents and teens to make sensible and healthy dishes. It is a great mixture of effective weight-loss strategies, sensible menus and a good honest talk with your teenager about food. The book discusses how girls body fat naturally increase during puberty, discusses the difference between good and bad carbohydrate, explains the Body Mass Index(BMI) and much more. It is a no-nonsense talk with teenage girls about their bodies and how to take care of it.


Safe Dieting for Teens

Author: Linda Ojeda


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This book would be very helpful for teens looking for the correct and healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. With the exercise and nutrition advice, it’s not difficult to find a way to do it. There are many helpful suggestions throughout the book to keep you motivated and thinking realistically. Many teens, who are struggling with their weight, will be sure to find the correct way to lose weight, or just become healthier with this book.

I'm, Like, SO Fat!: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World


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When "I feel fat" becomes a teen’s common refrain, how can worried parents respond constructively? With "I’m, Like, SO Fat!" Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer shows parents how to strike the difficult balance between bolstering self-esteem and offering constructive advice. Drawing on her landmark study, Project EAT (Eating Among Teenagers), and her experience as a mother of four, Neumark-Sztainer offers a wealth of science-based, practical ideas for instilling healthy eating and exercise habits, educating teens about nutrition and portion size, and talking about body image.


Living with Obesity (Teen's Guides)

Authors: Nicolas Stettler, Susan Shelly


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More than 9 million young people between the ages of 6 and 19 are considered overweight or obese - comprising nearly 17 percent of the population, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity is a medical problem that can be treated with diet changes and increased activity in order to achieve an energy balance. Written in clear, straightforward language, "Living with Obesity" provides teens with the information they need to understand obesity and its treatments. This practical new guide discusses changing behaviors in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, long-term approaches for achieving and maintaining weight, strategies for dealing with obesity in daily life, paying for care, and more.


No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity

Author: Kimberly Kirberger


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A collection of stories, essays, and poetry written by both teenage girls and adult women who are dealing with body-image issues. The text looks at the idea of self- and body acceptance at a time when "thin is in." Many of the selections were written by survivors of eating disorders. These stories in particular give readers a sense of light at the end of the tunnel. Gently, and at times not so gently, Kirberger's collection coaxes readers to find answers for themselves through the experiences of other teenagers. Though no new ground is broken here, this book will give readers a valid forum to explore the topic.

Weight Loss Confidential Journal: Week-by-Week Success Strategies for Teens from Teens

Author: Anne M. Fletcher M.S. R.D.



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Weight Loss Confidential Journal is two things in one. It’s a roomy journal where you can write down what you eat, how much you exercise, and how you feel as you start to make changes in your life. It’s also a personal trainer, filled with advice from other teens who lost weight — as much as 50 to 100 pounds. You’ll get hundreds of tips, like how to start exercising when you don’t want to and how to stop yourself from overeating. The journal gives you tons of ideas for good-for-you munchies and super-quick meals that teens like to make, from chili and pita pizza to instant “cheesecake.” Plus a week’s worth of easy, low-cal breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks to get you started on the road to your best weight.


Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Easy, Fun Way to Look and Feel Good!

Author: Susan S. Bartell

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In addition to working with experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and eating disorders, she met with teens who scrutinized the content and shared their experiences. Twelve chapters cover topics such as taking control, genetics, eating disorders, and exercise. While the tone is upbeat, the message is serious: -dieting is not healthy and neither is constantly being critical of your body. You don't need to make exercise a priority over everything else in your life, and your self-worth should not be decided by the scale or the mirror. Frequent quizzes allow readers to rate themselves in such categories as self-control, body type, self-love, and food attitude.


The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens

Author: Jay McGraw


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Jay translates the seven keys that made Dad's diet book a mega seller into a smart, supportive teen manifesto for tackling unwanted pounds, body image problems and eating disorders. He uses examples and web postings drawn from his survey with 10,000 teenagers to underline a powerful message: "Weight is not about the size or your Levis or a number on the scale. It's about whether you use food to take care of your body or to abuse it." McGraw's approach is mind over milkshake, skewering the negative thoughts ("I can't have fun if I have to watch what I eat") that keep teens from experiencing "weight freedom." He examines self-defeating filters (denial, approval seeking , perfection, comparison)that distort a healthy approach to weight and also suggests a "peer and parent response plan" to avoid sabotage. He teaches how to scan the environment for eating cues.


The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Teens and Kids: A Scientifically Based Program from the Highly Acclaimed Weight-Loss School

Authors: Daniel Kirschenbaum, Ryan Craig, Lisa Tjelmeland


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The renowned Academy of the Sierras has helped hundreds of children-many severely overweight-achieve significant weight loss and keep it off for good. The first year-round weight-loss program for children and teens in the country, AOS teaches students how to make healthy eating and exercise priorities in their lives forever. For AOS students, losing weight not only helps them look and feel better, it fundamentally transforms their lives-encouraging them to build self-esteem, combat depression, and increase their academic performance. The program gives week-by-week meal plans, recipes, and an exercise regimen, as well as crucial advice for getting the whole family involved in maintaining long-term weight loss. And, it helps kids change their thinking about food, and stay focused and committed to a new healthy lifestyle forever.


Toning for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and Feel Great!

Author: Joyce L. Vedral


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The 20-minute routine alternates upper-body work one day with lower-body work the next, and requires only three sets of inexpensive dumbbells and a bench or step. The author emphasizes sound nutrition and exercise information, dispelling common myths related to weight training, offering balanced advice on eating, and listing tips for maintaining fitness in problem situations. She writes enthusiastically, encouraging girls to strive for excellence in their personal health and life choices. The exercises are clearly described, and illustrated with photos of teens performing the routines.


This book is not a part of the top 10, it is not yet out but it promises to be a great book on dieting for teens. This is fiction but seems to be an inspirational journey for teens.


Maggie Goes on A Diet

Author: Paul Kramer

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This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.






Great Diet Books For Teenagers



Georgetown University: Childhood Obesity, A Lifelong Threat To Health

Child Trend Data Bank: Overweight Children and Youth