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Statistics show that up to 30 percent of American children are overweight and therefore at risk of developing juvenile diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions. Here, medical specialists at the Texas Children's Hospital present their ROAD guide to handling this epidemic: role modeling, organizing and creating opportunities for improved health behaviors, availability and accessibility of healthy food choices, and decisions that need to be made to change behaviors that contribute to weight gain. Individual chapters are devoted to infants, preschoolers, elementary school children, preteens, and older teens. Included are self-quizzes to help readers create personalized eating plans; suggestions for making healthy food choices while eating out at fast food, ethnic, or other restaurants; kid-friendly recipes; and advice on how to incorporate more fitness activities into a child's life. The American Academy of Pediatrics' A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health is another excellent and practical guide, but most libraries will want to have more than one good book on this important issue. Highly recommended.-Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Libs., Hanover, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.