Overweight: What Kids Say is a book by Robert A. Pretlow, MD. Robert helps oversee a website called Blubber Busters. The site is where kids of all ages and even some parents can discuss their weight problems. The book is a collection of posts from the website straight from the kids mouths about the obesity epidemic that is going on with them.
The kids speak very honestly about why they that they’re overweight. Surprisingly, not a lot of them blame the media and the lack of health information. Instead, a lot of them blame the fact that their parents keep bringing the wrong foods around, lack of motivation, not a lot of help from doctors, depression, and binge eating.
The book is heartbreaking, but eye opening. I read firsthand that these kids are going through so much pain, but they either can’t break bad habits or don’t get the support that they need. When I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think that we as a society are so quick to blame the media but worried enough about getting the support out there that these kids need.
Blubber Busters is a great website because it gives kids support. When you read this book, you’ll feel motivated to do something to help the kids as well. Maybe there can be more support groups at places of worship or at rec centers. Another idea is that there can be a way that kids can find a weight loss buddy to encourage them.
I highly recommend this book. Instead of blaming this and that, you’ll read from these kids what is going on in their lives. They need to be listened to. I feel like this book gives them the voice that they need.