Jacob C. Warren, PhD and K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyDare the co-executive directors of the Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern University. They have published numerous scientific articles on health behaviors, social influences on mental health, and the impact of obesity on children.
"A chronicle of the painful, long-term effects of being a fat kid.... [And a] useful call to arms in the fight against childhood obesity." --Kirkus "Children are growing up in an environment that simultaneously glorifies super skinny bodies and eating unhealthy junk food, leading to many children's unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies. Parents need all the help they can get understanding the problem and what they can do to help their children resist or recover from these harmful forces. A book for our times, Always the Fat Kid deals with the issues in a comprehensive and highly practical way. It will help all parents do a better job promoting healthy food and eating habits with their kids for life." --Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., professor of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College and co-author of So Sexy So Soon "A page-turner. Always the Fat Kid is a must-read for parents or anyone who works with children." --Kelly Dorfman, M.S., clinical nutritionist and author of the award winning What's Eating Your Child? "This is a book we can all relate to, some painfully so. Issues of weight, body image, culture, and identity are critical for healthy development, a process often curtailed by the media. A much needed book that helps us unpack the complexity of information in the culture about our bodies, ourselves, the complications it leds to in relationships. A must read for parents, clinicians, and anyone interested in the effects of childhood obesity." --Debra Merskin, professor, University of Oregon "Always the Fat Kid comprehensively explores the underlying causes of childhood obesity and the impact this condition has on children, the adults they become and the social structure they exist within. It is an excellent resource for parents, educators and all individuals concerned with understanding and ultimately halting this very personal and very public problem." --Rafael Cervantes, professor, St. Catherine University