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Dr. Erika Schwartz book, The Teen Weight Loss Solution is great for parents who are trying to relate to their teen. However, I would not consider this a 'weight-loss solution' the book does very little on promoting weight loss. Most of the book includes Schwartz idea on how hormones affect the teen rather than their weight. She gives very little recommendation on how to lose the weight in a healthy manner. Taking supplements is not going to work for everyone. Of course some teens will have positive results. Other teens will not be so lucky and she does not give any alternate advice. The title indicates she has a solution for teens, but the book itself contains only 5 pages on how boys pertain to her idea. The book is directly related to females. Overall the book does have some good advice, but I would not recommend parents using this book as the only way to help their teen.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-05 Schwartz, a physician who specializes in women's health, takes a holistic approach to the physical ailments that plague adolescent girls. In a perfunctory five-page nod to boys at the book's end ("Boys Are Teens, Too"), Schwartz claims boys aren't the victims of peer pressure or intimidation as often as are girls-an assertion that could annoy boy experts such as William Pollack (Real Boys) or Michael Gurian (A Fine Young Man). That said, Schwartz does cover her territory well when it comes to mothers and daughters, investigating the ways hormones affect girls physically and emotionally. For problems like bloating, mood swings, acne, weight gain, irregular periods and depression, she prescribes natural progesterone, certain supplements (calcium, folate, etc.), exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes. Schwartz comes down hard on birth control pills (which may have undesirable side effects) and Prozac-both, she says, are often over-prescribed by doctors. In fact, Schwartz explains, many doctors are unfamiliar with natural progesterone and don't know how to administer it, though it's clearly helped hundreds of girls in Schwartz's own practice. This is an eye-opening book for parents who want to help their teenage daughters explore natural methods of safely managing the weight gain, acne and hormonal changes common to female adolescence. Illus. Agent, Deborah Schneider. (On sale Aug. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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