Friday, January 22, 2010

Weight-Loss Children's Books

Although rare in the past, obesity is now among the most widespread medical problems affecting children and adolescents living in the U.S. and other developed countries. About 15% of adolescents (aged 12-19 years) and children (aged 6-11 years) are obese in the United States (according to the American Obesity Association). And the really sad part is that the numbers are expected to continue increasing.

Childhood obesity represents one of our greatest health challenges, so with that in mind, I’m suggesting a few edits in some of the most popular children’s literature to address the subject head-on…
  • The Adventures of Skinny-the-Pooh
  • Not-So-Little Women
  • The Very, Really, Really, Enormously Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Runaway Belly
  • Guess How Much I Love Ham
  • The Cat in the Fat
  • Where the Wide Things Are
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Diet
  • Oh, The Pizzas You'll Eat
  • The Velvetta Rabbit
  • The Little Engine That Could… But Never Did
  • Anna Rexia
  • Mike Mulligan And His Steamed Veggies
  • Pippi Wrongsnacking
  • Furious Gorge
  • Amelia Bread-elia
  • Binge to Terabithia
  • Chocolate’s Web
  • The Liar, the Scale, and the Wardrobe
  • The Boxcarb Children
  • Sarah, Plain,Tall & Fat
  • James and the Giant Pouch
  • Roll of Belly, Hear My Cry
  • Fatilda
  • Stuart Not-Too-Little
  • The Bitch of Biggest Loser Pond


  1. The Bitch of Biggest Loser Pond is my favorite! Seriously, I need to reread that.

  2. Hahaha, these are awesome! Great post to wake up to! =)

  3. The velvetta rabbit....I about died when I read that! LOL ^.^

  4. I love the Boxcarb Children!

  5. "EAT 10 apples up on top" *smile*.

  6. I've got to read more slowly. I read "Sarah, Plain,Tall & Fat" as "Sarah Palin,Tall & Fat"

  7. The Liar, the Scale and the Wardrobe! My fav! And Im so thankful that as my children were growing up they were not overweight (unlike their mother)......and now they realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle

  8. The last one really cracked me up. Love it.

  9. I love it. The Liar, the Scale and the Wardrobe! Too funny!

    How about Anne of Green Grapes?

  10. You know... The movie Wall-e REALLY hit home for me as addressing lazy complacency and obesity. All the food was sucked up from big gulp type cups which I thought was so dead on for the corn syrup soda addictions goin on...

    nice list, but it would be nicer if their were really a whole lot of kids books pointing them to a healthy lifestyle.

    signed a preschool teacher

  11. lolz. my favorites are:

    Binge to Terabithia

    and Where the Wide Things Are

  12. I've gotta get Skinny the Pooh! lol

  13. Love these... Where do you come up with so much of this??lol

  14. All joking aside, a book for obese children is actually a really novel idea. Maybe you should go for it. Look what Harry Potter did for J. K. Rowland!

  15. Funny! I love "Chocolate's Web".

  16. OOh. I wonder what would have befallen the March sisters if they had been not so little women? Hilarious.

  17. That's very clever!
    I agree that there should be books addressing this issue for kids. They don't seem to understand the concept of healthy living, just fat, and not fat. My 13yo daughter, Rose, thinks Beyonce[SP?] is fat! It doesn't matter that she has a healthy lifestyle, if she has a bigger frame than the chick dancing next to her, she's fat :o/

  18. LOL!!! What an amusing way to spotlight the problem. You should send the post to Michelle Obama!!

  19. Oh my god, you added me to your blog roll! I feel very special now! :o) I might get a big head...

    Oh yeah, the post was good, too. ;o) I particularly liked "Skinny the Pooh."

  20. HA!

    Some of these were pure genius. The liar, the scale and the wardrobe? EPIC. Well done, Jack.

  21. So happy you included the best character ever. Pippi!! Pippi Wrongsnacking...hysterical :)

    Thanks for the laugh.

  22. Just being serious, child obesity is epidemic!

    Really irks me when overweight parents worry like crazy about their overweight kids (even puts them on reality shows) BUT they are also the ones that are not setting the example for them AND bringing unhealthy food in the house cause they want to eat it & don't want to give it up.

    Jack, I don't mean to offend you or anyone else BUT if a parent is worried about their kids, the adult also has to set the example!

    Let's all set a good example for the kids.

  23. You got me!

    I thought this was going to be a all-funny post and then I saw the PSA at the beginning.

    Well Played Sh*t, well played!

  24. Aww, you forgot to include that little-known Shel Silverstein book, "Where the Buffet Ends."

  25. As our society becomes more and more sedentary, will we evolve into blobs? There's a sci-fi story for me. LOL

  26. Havent seen you lurking around my blog for awhile.....just making sure I didnt bore you to death! lol

  27. I don't know which one I like most.
    Binge to teribithia lol.
    But i have to say, I do love the velvetta rabbit.
    smooth and creamy...just got to remember to pick the hair out of your teeth.

    In all seriousness, I do have that whole "how do you become real' part of the book typed and framed and hanging in my kitchen. It's one of the deepest things I have ever read in any book ever.

  28. I think this is the best list yet!

  29. Nice changes there Jack! My favorites are "Binge to Terabithia" and "The Liar, the Scale, and the Wardrobe".



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