5 Minutes for Books — Fat Proof Your Family

by Guest Contributor

This review is authored by regular contributor Jennifer Donovan, book lover and mother of two of book lovers, who blogs at Snapshot.

In Fat Proof Your Family: God’s Way to Forming Healthy Habits for Life, J. Ron Eaker challenges us as moms to give our families the best:

“My sense is that you bought this book because you are genuinely concerned about your family’s health. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t ready to take action and see that the people you love the most adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This book will be your coach, cheerleader, and partner in your quest for fitness (page 18).”

As you read this book, you will feel like you are being cheered on. Just as you begin to think that the task of lifelong fitness and health might be a bit overwhelming, you will come to a corny joke that will lighten your mood. However, the gravity of the facts presented about the sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition that many families and children have adopted are incontrovertible:

  • 60% of Americans over twenty-five are overweight.
  • 78% of Americans do not meet the minimum activity level recommendations.
  • 42% of breast and colon cancer is diagnosed among overweight individuals.
  • 20% of children over age six are overweight.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of being overweight adults.

In spite of the grim news about the epidemic of poor weight control, which is what Dr. Eaker calls the number-one health care problem, he writes in a friendly way that prevents the information from becoming too dry or discouraging. He also presents a balanced approach to health (for both adults and children) as opposed to a cosmetic weight-loss fix, as you can see in some of the chapters, which include:

  • Nutrition Basics
  • Food for the Soul–What the Bible Says about Healthy Eating
  • Children and Teens–Nutritional Specifics
  • Weight Loss
  • Exercise
  • The Goal–Achieving Wholeness and Wellness as a Family

I have long realized that my role as the maker of the meals and the buyer of the groceries has significant impact on my family. I can throw together a casserole made with a can of cream soup and some processed cheese, and they might eat it and enjoy it, but is it the wisest food choice? Dr. Eaker maintains that nothing happens in a vacuum, and so healthy living is more attainable when the whole family is involved. This really hit home with me. When I try to eat better for myself, I can often fail, but when I resolve to help my family eat healthier, that extra bit of motivation often helps me along.

How many times have the cookies that you bought for the kids sabotoged your diet? Well, they don’t need them either. How many times have you made excuses that you don’t have time to exercise because of your children? Get out and kick around a soccer ball with them to benefit all of you. We are helping them to form lifelong patterns of health and fitness, and it’s our responsibility to help train them right.

The publisher has donated a copy of this book for one of our readers. Leave a comment if you’d like to win.

I’m so glad that you all liked last week’s review and interview of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World so much. Those of you who didn’t win can always click over and purchase the title through our link. Next week I have another parenting book coming up which I think that everyone will be excited about as well.

Congratulations to last week’s winner: Karla Meachem at Empowering Christian Women

And don’t forget that you have until Thursday to sign up here to win one of ten Scanalizers from NeatReceipts.

by Jennifer Donovan

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1 stephanie July 9, 2007 at 9:24 am

Yes please. :)


2 Jill July 9, 2007 at 9:30 am

Sign me up please!


3 Ashley Nichole Navarre July 9, 2007 at 9:31 am

Need, need, need!


4 devildogwife July 9, 2007 at 9:38 am

Sounds like a good book. Sign me up please!


5 Sharon July 9, 2007 at 9:47 am

Scary statistics there. :( Easy to see they’re accurate, though. Since starting Weight Watchers, I’ve really noticed the impact my meal planning has on us all. (Like you mentioned) I only want to be responsible for teaching my children good, healthy eating habits, not the vaule of junk food and comfort eating. (my problems)

This book looks great. I’d love to be included! Thank you.


6 Karen July 9, 2007 at 10:12 am

Statistics are scary! I always feel good about how well we eat – lots of fruits and veggies, but our exercise is lacking. Guess I need to get out and throw the frisbee and kick the ball around more (perhaps in the fall, when it’s cooler – there’s always an excuse :)


7 Mama Zen July 9, 2007 at 10:24 am

Sounds like a great book!


8 Heather (Heather's reality show) July 9, 2007 at 10:45 am

I’m in!


9 Jenn in AZ July 9, 2007 at 11:05 am

I would love to enter this drawing. I would love this book! It would help my family (ME!) so much. As moms, we have a great responsibility to give our kids a good foundation in all things to prepare them for their adult life. It is sometimes overwhelming, if we think too hard about it and forget that God is in control. Thanks!

Jenn in AZ


10 Chrissy July 9, 2007 at 11:17 am

I would like to be entered!!! I have a 4 year old…and those statistics are very scary!!!


11 Julie July 9, 2007 at 11:32 am

This book sounds like it hits the nail on the nose. I’m all for healthy eating. I knew I accomplished something when we were at a wedding reception and my 4 year old told me she needed some “healthy food.”


12 Tessa July 9, 2007 at 12:05 pm

I can use all the healthy tips I can get. Thanks


13 Barbara H. July 9, 2007 at 12:16 pm

I’d be interested in this one. Thanks!


14 Heather July 9, 2007 at 12:31 pm

This book sounds like what I’ve been searching for. I’m trying hard to revamp our meals and life to make healthy choices the automatic choice for all of us.


15 Joni July 9, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for the interesting review. I’d love to win!


16 Tiffany July 9, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Great review! Enter me for the book please.


17 ELLIE July 9, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Very Interesting Review…Enter me PLEASE


18 Anna July 9, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Yes Please!


19 Sarah July 9, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like an excellent book and one I definitely want to check out!


20 Amy R. July 9, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I would love to win this book!


21 Jill July 9, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Sounds like a great book!!! Our society definitely needs it!


22 Regina July 9, 2007 at 4:09 pm

this sounds like a great book! I would love to get it~


23 bee July 9, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I need this book!


24 Sara July 9, 2007 at 5:34 pm

This sounds like a great book. I need somewhere to start from and this sounds like it could really help.


25 Joyful Days July 9, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Sounds like an interesting book. I’ll put my name in.


26 Just Mom July 9, 2007 at 9:12 pm

I would love to win this book. Enter me in to your drawing, please.


27 Donna July 9, 2007 at 9:26 pm

I agree with this and would love to read the book.


28 Abbi July 9, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Sounds interesting!


29 oh amanda July 9, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Interesting! I’d love to read this!


30 Bad Sheep July 9, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Sounds like a great book. I started using a pedometer and slowly working my way back into aerobics.


31 Jane July 9, 2007 at 11:15 pm

You’ve peaked my interest! Thanks!


32 ChupieandJsmama July 10, 2007 at 8:09 am

It sounds like a very interesting book. Sign us up!


33 Elizabeth Silence July 10, 2007 at 8:28 am

sounds good. count me in please


34 Lauren July 10, 2007 at 8:45 am

Great review. Pleas count me in.


35 dcrmom July 10, 2007 at 1:13 pm

This sounds GREAT! Sign me up!


36 kelli in the mirror July 10, 2007 at 3:29 pm

oh yes please!


37 Tasra Dawson July 10, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Love the cover with the fruit and tennis ball…it’s so true that healthy is not just about food, but activity too! Good to remember as it’s easy to get lost in technology!


38 LivingforGod July 10, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Please enter me in the drawing for this book. Thanks!


39 Amy July 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Please enter me. I brought home my first child 2 months ago and this would be nice to have to start forming good habits now. Thanks!!


40 Richelle F July 10, 2007 at 9:35 pm

That sounds like a great book!


41 Michele July 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

Please sign me up!


42 melody is Slurping Life July 11, 2007 at 3:19 am

Oh goodness! I know Ron, and Susan and their two daughters here in Augusta, GA. Their youngest daughter was one of my son’s first girl friends from preschool through kindergarten and at church. This is too cool.

Ron knows his stuff. If you don’t win the book, buy the book. And he’s an avid, awesome runner. Love this small world!


43 LinseyKnerl July 11, 2007 at 9:52 am

My family would use this book. thx for the review!


44 Heather July 11, 2007 at 12:59 pm

I’d love to be included. Thank you.


45 Karen July 11, 2007 at 1:50 pm

We desperately need this book!


46 onemotherslove July 11, 2007 at 6:36 pm

I need to read that book even if I don’t win it… but pick me anyway! ;)


47 Christine July 11, 2007 at 8:42 pm

sign me up please! :)


48 tanyetta July 12, 2007 at 7:51 pm

i need all the help i can get. sign me up please :)


49 Melonie (Momma n More) July 13, 2007 at 2:31 am

This is so right up our alley at my house – please enter me too! My hubby and I would both love to read this one.


50 Janne July 13, 2007 at 4:45 am

Sign me up, please.


51 Stephanie July 13, 2007 at 10:37 pm

I’ve learned if it doesn’t come in the house I’m not tempted.


52 Sherry Early July 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Need it. I am One of the Sedentary.


53 Rebecca July 26, 2007 at 3:26 pm

How wonderful!


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