Pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff specializes in child and adolescent weight loss.
She has devised a system of food awareness that makes it easy for kids to understand and remember.
Her nutrition semiotics uses the colors of a traffic light as a way of marking the value or danger of specific edible items. Green means go ahead and eat plenty of it, though not to a crazy excess, every day. Yellow means be careful with this, use it in moderation, a little every now and then. Red means warning: this food must be used with extreme caution, in small amounts, and not very often, if ever, since you could live happily without it.
Traffic light colors as food coding has been used in the U.K. in their grocery stores, and has been a fast, easy to use method of increasing consumer awareness of nutritive values. As a nation's population nourishes itself with smarter choices, the costs of healthcare will decline and insurance premiums ought to also decrease in price. Educating children to be healthy citizens may cripple the profits of junk food purveyors, but they need to be marginalized anyway.
The National Institutes of Health launched a childhood obesity and prevention program in 2005, called We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) that uses the traffic light colors with the food categories "Go," "Slow" and "Whoa."
In "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right," Dolgoff categorizes foods as: green (Go!), yellow (Slow!) and red (Uh-Oh!). It's the "simple, fun way to teach your kids to eat right and stay healthy." Every parent knows how hard it is to induce a child to try something new, or to wean them away from sugary, fatty garbage they've become addicted to via Saturday morning cartoons and what their friends indulge in. We need a book like this to make our job less exasperating!
Visit the Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right website to learn more about this incredible book and how the system can work for your precious child.
Many people are slaves to their distorted taste buds, which have been misdirected due to high-powered advertising campaigns, convenience, social milieu, peer pressure, and focus on transient, in-the-moment pleasure instead of long-term vitality. If children are guided by scientific data in their food choices, rather than unrestrained, impulsive taste thrills, they are far more likely to persist in healthy diet as they mature. In turn, they will set good examples for their peers and their own children.
We applaud Rodale Press and Dr. Joanna Dogloff for this remarkable and important book that every parent should own and utilize. The future resides in the next generation, so let's try to make that future bright.
The publisher claims this system has a 96% success rate, so it's worth considering, for sure.
“Finally, a medically-sound weight reduction program that will improve the health of our children and promote life-long healthy food choices. Dr. Dolgoff’s Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right will turn the tide of the obesity epidemic we confront daily in our practices. Highly recommended!” –Joseph Levy, M.D., Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (December 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605294845
- ISBN-13: 978-1605294841
Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right page on Amazon.com