Prevention Books

Books on Prevention

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
By Catherine Steiner-Adair
384 pages, hardcover/paperback, 2014
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Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight
By Linda Bacon, Lucy Aphramor
In Body Respect, Bacon & Aphramor cover the latest science on size, weight, and diet in clear, lively language rigorously supported by data. They explore why diets don’t work and alternative paths to better health for people of all shapes. Using peer-reviewed evidence, common sense, and a solid grounding in nutrition science and social justice theory, the authors debunk obesity myths and outline the key processes – in our bodies, the sciences, and society – affecting our diet and health as individuals and as a community.
240 pages, paperback, 2014
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Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight
By Stacey M. Rosenfeld
Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? explores the many ways our culture promotes food issues and body dissatisfaction in women across the lifespan. Eating disorders expert Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld investigates how language, advertising, celebrity worship, the obesity crisis, and other forces impact how women eat and feel about their bodies, and she proposes a radical alternative: lose the diet, love your body, and eat in peace. Filled with exercises, tips, and practices, Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? is a must-read for those in recovery or who struggle with disordered eating and for any woman who wants to improve her relationship to food and her body self-esteem.
216 pages, paperback, 2014
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Fat Tactics: The Rhetoric and Structure of the Fat Acceptance Movement
By Erec Smith
114 pages, hardcover, 2018
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Fat Talk: A Feminist Perspective
By Denise Matz
204 pages, paperback, 2019
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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem
By Jane Ogden
242 pages, paperback, 2014
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Handbook of Positive Body Image and Embodiment: Constructs, Protective Factors, and Interventions
By Niva Piran & Tracy L. Tylka
464 pages, hardcover, 2019
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Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What they Need to Know
by Kathy Kater
Whether it’s the “thin ideal” for looks, a “normal” BMI for health, or the “perfect” body for athletics, most kids today learn to compare their bodies to external standards that are not right for them. In an effort to meet the standard, many make choices that add to or create problems. With eating disorders on the one hand and higher rates of obesity on the other, educators, healthcare providers, treatment facilities, and others need help to address the topic of weight effectively and in a way that reduces weight stigma.

In ten, comprehensive and engaging lessons, the Healthy Bodies mission is to teach children to care for instead of compare their bodies by promoting health enhancing behaviors instead of an “ideal” size. An urgently needed curriculum for universal classroom use or in any treatment venue, scripted lessons and experiential activities guide kids of all ages to:

  • Maintain a mindful, caring connection to their bodies from the inside-out.
  • Develop an identity based on who they are rather than how they look.
  • Respect genetic diversity in body size and shape and reject weight stigma.
  • Understand how appearance changes of puberty.
  • Develop critical thinking about messages promoting the “right size/wrong size” mentality.
  • Chose positive role models that support their deeper values.
  • Seek health instead of size through positive eating and physical activity for all.
  • Support each other in having a healthy body image, eating well, and staying fit.

“This curriculum should be in the hands of every elementary school teacher. The revised edition has the potential to transform classrooms, and is the resource for any school that wants students to develop positive body esteem, resist unhealthy messages regarding weight, shape, appearance, fitness, and food, and be equipped with the building blocks to a healthy lifestyle.” — Margo Maine, PhD, Author of The Body Myth and several other books
260 pages, paperback, 2012
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Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Intervention to Help Kids Thrive
By Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, Evelyn Tribole & Tracy L. Tylka
285 pages, hardcover, 2013
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Healthy Habits The Program plus Food Guide Index & Easy Recipes: 8 essential Kid-Friendly Nutrition Lessons Every Parent and Educator Needs
By Laura Cipullo
Healthy Habits is a comprehensive health promotion program that teaches children the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The program can be used as 8-week sessions and is suitable for teachers, coaches, and parents. Healthy Habits was written by registered dietitian Laura Cipullo and encompasses her mission to help children develop positive relationships with eating and neutral relationships with food.
104 pages, paperback, 2013
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Journeys of Embodiment at the Intersection of Body and Culture: The Developmental Theory of Embodiment
By Niva Piran
336 pages, paperback, 2017
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The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive
by Marci Warhaft-Nadler
We live in an image obsessed world and raising kids with confidence and strong self-esteem can be challenging. With the media and society telling kids as young as five years old that how they look is more important than who they are, so many kids are struggling with negative body image. Kids are asking tough questions and parents need solid answers to help them grow up with the confidence they deserve. “The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens and Teens Thrive”, offers practical, hands-on tips, tools, games and projects for kids of all ages as well as questions and comments from real kids, parents and teachers sharing their own experiences.  This guide empowers parents to help their kids be exactly who they want to be instead of who they think society expects them to be. Self-worth shouldn’t be measured in pounds.
122 pages, paperback, 2013
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Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook 2nd Edition
By Ellyn Satter
292 pages, paperback, 2008
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Thickening Fat: Fat Bodies, Intersectionality and Social Justice
By May Friedman, Carla Rice & Jen Rinaldi
274 pages, hardcover/paperback, 2019
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