Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: Better Health
for Larger Kids in New Zealand, by Lynda Finn
(Random House, $19.99)
Reviewed by Emma Fahy
Lynda Finn is also the author of Largely Happy, another
feel-good-fat book, and Healthy Kids, Happy Kids continues
along the same theme of loving your body no matter what shape or
size it is.
Designed for both children struggling with body image, and their
parents, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids offers up a wealth of
statistics and information to prove that fat doesn't always mean
Finn also looks at some of the common "diet traps" -- how
yo-yo dieting can lead to long term weight-control problems, and
how pressuring your child to lose weight can often instead cause
your child to gain weight.
In the first few chapters, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is
little more than a rah-rah, feel-good self-esteem booster for
overweight children and their families. But this book is worth a
look even if just for the wealth of nutritional advice and recipe
ideas that come in the last few chapters.
In fact, more than half of the book is made up of nutritional
information, definitions of tricky food/nutrition terms, healthy
meal and snack choices and recipes, and ideas for healthier
lunchboxes. This part of the book is great for all parents, not
just those whose children are overweight -- after all, aren't we
all looking for healthy meal solutions that our kids will actually
I could take it or leave it on the whole body-image-booster
thing, but the recipes make it a worthwhile read.