Fit From the Start

Praise for

Fit from the Start:
How to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Infancy


by Alvin N. Eden, Barbara J. Moore and Adrienne Forman
published by Shape Up America!®


“Fit from the Start is an excellent guide for new parents in helping to prevent obesity in their children. It explains the factors controlling appetite, gives helpful tips on breast and bottle feeding, shows how to evaluate weight gain, and highlights the importance of physical activity in weight control even in infancy. We, as parents, physicians, teachers, and community all want our children to grow up healthy with healthy eating habits, education, motivation and hope. Thanks to the authors, this easy-to-read, matter-of-fact book will make Dr. Koop’s vision for a healthy America come into being.”

— M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, pediatrician and 15th U.S. Surgeon General

“This book provides sound advice for parents to prevent obesity in their infants. One of the most unusual characteristics of this book is that it includes a useful chapter on physical activity — an area that is usually ignored.”

— William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, pediatrician, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the George Washington University, Former Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (retired)

“This excellent book provides important information on how to prevent excessive weight gain in babies. It has a terrific chapter on promoting physical activity in infants, along with engaging videos on the Shape Up America! website of games and activities parents and babies can play together. If we are going to prevent the obesity epidemic from getting worse, we have to start very early in life. All parents and parents-to-be should read this book and follow its recommendations.”

— Steven N. Blair, PED, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

“While it's never too late to improve health, the earlier the start, the better. The factors that protect infants against obesity, engagingly detailed in Fit from the Start, also build an early, solid foundation of life-long good health. Apply the eminent good sense in this book, and give your baby the advantage of the earliest possible start toward a long and healthy life. And since it’s never too late, your health is apt to benefit, too.”

— David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Director, Yale Prevention Research Center; editor-in-chief of Childhood Obesity; and author of Disease Proof

“Fit from the Start is a timely and authoritative guide on how to save a child from the social stigma and health risks of obesity throughout his or her life. It’s a must-read for anyone who is pregnant or planning to have a baby now or in the future.”

— George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

“This book is a must read for parents and parents-to-be, as well as for health professionals interested in childhood obesity. The book offers timely, research-based information. I was amazed to learn that if a breastfeeding mom eats fruits and vegetables, her baby tastes the flavors in her breast milk, and this makes the baby more accepting of these foods when s/he starts eating solids. WOW!”

— Judith S. Stern, ScD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis

“What a sweet, loving, intelligent, practical, well-written, yet serious book for young people planning to have a baby or seeking guidance to help them through pregnancy and the first year of their baby's life! Exceedingly well-researched and up to date, it has much to offer first-time or experienced parents as well as healthcare professionals, because nothing is more important than securing the health and well-being of the next generation.”

— John G. Kral, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Medicine, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

“The earlier in life you establish healthy habits the better, so start from the beginning! This easy-to-read, practical guide will help you set your baby on the best possible path toward a healthy weight for life.”

–Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite and best-selling cookbook author

“We live in an era in which many young children will develop obesity unless a conscious effort is made to prevent it. This book provides parents with many practical tips to begin this all-important effort with their infants.”

— Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH, Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

“Fit from the Start is an excellent resource that empowers parents and caregivers to balance food-related family traditions with the need to turn back the high rates of childhood obesity and its consequences. With clear and easy-to-follow recommendations based on evidence-based medicine, this book is a timely tool that can help create a healthier society, starting with its youngest members.”

— Nailah S. Adams, MD, MS, Family Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

“Fit from the Start provides parents with an all-inclusive guide to raising well-fed, but not overfed children. At a time when childhood obesity threatens the future health of too many American youngsters, this book, written by experts in pediatrics and nutrition, provides scientifically-based and easily-accessible information on a wide range of important topics. These include choosing breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and age-appropriate weaning foods, plus exercise, sleep routines and more. This is truly a “ how-to” book on preventing obesity early in life. I highly recommend it.”

— Ruth Kava, PhD, RD, FTOS, Senior Nutrition Fellow, American Council on Science and Health

“Feeding practices the first two years of life help build the foundation for life-long healthy habits. Fit from the Start helps parents and caregivers successfully navigate what and how to feed babies so they can relax and enjoy their baby, without the worry of excess weight gain.”

— Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD, coauthor of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School




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