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
- 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.
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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
by Jennifer Donovan