Freddy gets up in the morning, gets ready for school, pulls on his pants, and realizes they are snug. On the school bus Freddy almost squishes another boy off the seat! In gym class he huffs and puffs around the track and almost throws up at the finish line.
Freddy finally has to face the facts... he is getting fat.
This colorful, 54 page hardcover book is one of the few titles out there dealing with childhood obesity. It will be helpful for overweight kids to relate to Freddy as he adjusts his eating habits, enlists the help of his parents and gets some advice from a caring doctor.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children and adolescents who are defined as overweight has more than doubled since the early 1970s.
Data from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that 16% or 9 million+ U.S. children ages 6-19 are overweight.
The numbers will continue to increase according to the "Fitness Facts" published in the Center for Disease Control 2004 Annual Health Protection Impact Report, which states:
Although Freddy is tempted by his favorite fattening foods, and he has a few lapses, gentle encouragement and positive reinforcement from others helps him to lose some weight and he gets healthier physically and emotionally.
The graphics are great and a child can read this either alone or with a parent. It is written for children ages 4-8. A checklist of what Freddy learned and resources for parents wrap up this well-written book.