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Resource List - Obesity

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The active healthy kids Canada 2011 report card on physical activity for children and youth -- Toronto: Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2011.
This report card is an evidence-informed communications and advocacy piece that provides a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s “state of the nation” each year on how, as a country, we are being responsible in providing physical activity opportunities for children and youth.
FAM RA 781 .O23 2011

Balanced and barefoot: how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children / Hanscom, Angela J. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2016.
In this book, a pediatric occupational therapist shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.
FAM RA 783 .H36 2016

The body image workbook for teens: activities to help girls develop a healthy body image in an image-obsessed world / Taylor, Julia V. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2014.
In this workbook the reader will find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. They will also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.
FAM BF 723 .S3 T29 2014

The everything parent's guide to the overweight child: help your child lose weight, develop healthy eating habits, and build self-confidence / Ford-Martin, Paula -- Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2005.
This book will provide you with insight on what causes children to become overweight and how to help them to change their eating habits and become more physically active. Most important, you'll learn what you can do to break the cycle of obesity that can lead to severe medical problems in the future. 
FAM RC 552 .O25 F67 2005

Get a healthy weight for your child: a parent's guide to better eating and exercise / McCrindle, Brian W. -- Toronto: Robert Rose Inc. 2005.
This book is designed to help parents prevent and treat childhood obesity using medical and scientific methods rather than potentially dangerous fad diets and exercise routines.
FAM RC 552 .O25 M33 2005

I'm, like, SO fat: helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight-obsessed world / Neumark-Sztainer, Diane. -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2005.
Full of examples illustrating the challenges teens face today, this upbeat and insightful book is packed with great ideas that will help kids everywhere feel better about their looks and make healthier choices about eating and exercise.
FAM RC 552 .E18 N48 2005

If your child is overweight: a guide for parents / Kosharek, Susan M. -- Chicago, IL: American Dietetic Association, 2006.
Family focused and easy to follow, this book provides guidance for parents of children aged four to twelve. The importance of physical activity and how to read food labels are emphasized. Sample menus for each age group reflect culturally diverse food practices. 
FAM RC 552 .O25 K67 2006

Overcoming childhood obesity / Thompson, Colleen -- Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing Company, 2004.
Written to combat the ever-increasing childhood obesity epidemic, this book focuses on prevention of the disease by revealing how making fundamental moves toward family- centered change in eating behaviors and lifestyle can produce gradual results that can last a lifetime. 
FAM RC 552 .O25 T48 2004

A parent's guide to childhood obesity: a roadmap to health -- Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006.
This book addresses the medical, emotional, and psychological factors of childhood obesity. The guidelines presented will help parents create balanced meals, encourage physical activity, and partner with pediatricians, schools, and child-care providers in their fight against obesity.
FAM RC 552 .O25 P37 2006

Prévenir l'obésité chez les enfants: une question d'équilibre / Cyr, Rénée. -- Montréal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2009.
Dans un premier temps, un médecin de famille, qui consacre la plus grande partie de sa pratique aux enfants, explique, à partir d'exemples concrets, les courbes de croissance et la façon de les interpréter. Le médecin propose ensuite un modèle pour prévenir l'obésité dès la petite enfance. Les chapitres qui suivent illustrent les applications de ce modèle, à travers différentes situations que vivent des parents, des professionnels ou des éducateurs en milieu de garde. 
FAM RC 552 .O25 C97 2009

The self-esteem workbook for teens: activities to help you build confidence and achieve your goals / Schab, Lisa M. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2013.
Helps you develop a healthy, realistic view of yourself that includes honest assessments of your weaknesses and strengths, and learn to respect yourself, faults and all. This book shows you how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem.
FAM BF 723 .S3 S33 2013

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CHEO Research Institute – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research / Institut de recherche - Recherche sue les saines habitudes de vie et l’obésité

24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth –CSPE / Directives canadiennes en matière de mouvement sur 24 heures à l’intention des enfants et des jeunes - SCPE

Childhood Obesity Foundation


Eat Right Ontario / Saine alimentation Ontario

Dieticians of Canada / Les diététistes du Canada

Healthy Kids – Heart and Stroke Foundation / Jeunes en santé - Fondation des maladies du cœur et de l’avc

Physical Activity - Public Health Agency of Canada / Activité physique - Agence de la santé publique du Canada

Childhood Obesity - Government of Canada / Obésité juvenile - Gouvernement du Canada

Be a Fit Kid – Kids Health – For Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

Overweight and Obesity – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevention and Wellness –

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Push2Play – Active Games for Kids
● Medical Services Incorporated
● English
● Free
● Last updated April 2017
● From iTunes: The app rewards active play and is full of fun tips for simple, unstructured outdoor play (or indoor play if it’s that kind of day).
● Available from

Sworkit Kids – Workout Trainer
● Nexercise Apps, Inc.
● English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish / Anglais, français, allemand, hindi, japonais, coréen, portugais, russe, chinois simplifié, espagnol, turc
● Free / gratuit
● Last updated Sept 2016 / dernière mis à jour septembre 2016
● Calling all kids age 7 to 14. Do you think you can crab crawl for 30 seconds or do 10 squats? How long can you hop on one foot or Tightrope? Test out your skills with Sworkit Kids!Sworkit guides you through fun exercise routines demonstrated by possible future personal trainers (or future doctors).  Sworkit Kids uses kids for the videos to make it easy to follow along and is completely ad-free!You can do a workout for 5 minutes or 30+ minutes. / Appel à tous les enfants âgés de 7 à 14. Pensez-vous que vous pouvez ramper comme un crabe pendant 30 secondes ou faire 10 squats ? Combien de temps pouvez-vous sauter sur un pied ou rester en équilibre dessus? Testez vos compétences avec Sworkit Kids!Vous pouvez faire des séances d'entraînement de 5 minutes à 30 minutes.
● Available from / disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

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Overeaters Anonymous - Ottawa

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation. 

The guide represents materials available in the Family Resource Centre collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last Updated / Mise-à-jour: Feb 2018 février
Links Tested / Liens vérifiés: Feb 2018 février

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