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Nutrition inspiration for kids over the holidays

A great book to read post-Thanksgiving feasting, Maggie Eats Healthier by Paul M. Kramer and illustrated by Mari Kuwayama inspires healthy eating and lifelong well being.

Maggie struggles with her body image and desire to play baseball. The kids laugh at her at first for being overweight, but her determination prevails. With the help of a doctor, she and her mother learn better eating habits and wonderful things start to happen for Maggie. She changes her life by altering her eating habits and exercising regularly. As a result she became more physically fit and is able to achieve her goal of being the best she can be. She also realizes that nutritious foods can actually be quite tasty. Through time, regular exercise and better eating habits, Maggie’s confidence improves and she is healthier and happier.

More than a third of children and adolescents in America from age 6 to 19 are overweight. This trend has reached crisis proportions since obesity causes heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. Obese people spend $1,429 more than those of normal weight per year.

Mari Kuwayama’s pictures bring this heartwarming tale of perseverance to colorful life. Kramer’s voice is a balm in an age of junk food, overstimulated consumerism and ignorance of nutritional traditions. A must-read for nutritionally challenged over the holidays.

Paul M. Kramer is also the author of the book entitled Why are We Fat? which encourages children of all ages to develop strategies to turn bad eating habits into good ones and learn how to become dependent free from foods the have become addicted to.

Childhood obesity often leads to adult obesity which significantly increases the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attack.

Being obese at any age compromises the quality of life and eventually the longevity life. “This generation of American children is the first in 200 years who have shorter life expectancies than their parents, and the major cause is obesity.” – Kathleen Sebelius, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Kramer believes that being overweight or obese does not make someone less of a person. Overweight people are no less worthwhile, and they certainly do matter. He also believes that unless someone has a medical condition beyond their control, other than food addiction, that they have the ability to prevent and reverse obesity.

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