Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Who's the New Kid?

Who's the New Kid?
By Heidi Bond with Jenna Glatzer
Tyndale, 2015


Who's the New Kid? shows readers how Heidi helped her daughter lose weight without the aid of fad diets, medication, or surgery and how other parents can do the same with their kids.

At nine years old, Breanna Bond weighed a whopping 186 pounds. Just walking up the stairs to her room was a challenge. Her legs chafed to the point of bleeding from rubbing against each other, and her school days were filled with taunts of "Hey, Fatty!" Breanna's mom, Heidi, was devastated and wondered, How can I get my daughter healthy again?

In just over a year, Heidi's plan worked! Breanna dropped 40 percent of her body weight and was transformed from a morbidly obese child who spent her days in front of the TV eating chips and chocolate to a vibrant, healthy, energetic little girl.

Filled with helpful diagnostic tools, easy-to-make recipes, eye-opening nutritional information, fun exercise ideas, and practical tips and advice, Who's the New Kid? will not only show parents how to help their kids lose weight naturally but also introduce them to simple, yet effective lifestyle changes that will benefit the entire family.

My thoughts

Who's the New Kid? by Heidi Bond just might be one of the most important books you'll ever choose to read. Important, relevant, encouraging, honest, factual, full of hope, and even life changing are just a few ways I would describe this book. With complete honesty, Heidi takes readers on her personal journey, never minimizing her own part in allowing Breanna to reach a weight of 186 pounds by the age of nine. Heidi's account is extremely well written, easy to follow, and a section with recipes, menu plans, exercise schedules is included at the end.

The further I got in Heidi's story, the more frustrated I became at the world we live in. Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the US, contributing to many more serious health problems than most of us realize - yet everywhere we turn, sugar-filled & fat-laden foods are calling out to us. And even when Heidi was making great progress with Breanna's weight loss, she encountered opposition when turning down candy . . . "The same people who had judged me for letting her get fat were now judging me for sticking to a plan to help her lose weight. It felt like I couldn't win."

One important message I'll take to heart from this book is the importance of taking responsibility when it comes to daily menus and exercise, and being consistent. I also appreciated how Heidi & Breanna are using their experience to help others. Heidi writes, "No one should go through something like this feeling as helpless and alone as we did in the beginning." Breanna is mentoring kids who want help losing weight, and Heidi even dreams of opening a weight-loss center for kids, teens, and parents.

Who's the New Kid? is surely a book to which almost everyone can relate and benefit from. It is eye opening and full of encouragement that hard-won victories can be achieved. Highly recommended.

Heidi Bond has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, and The Biggest Loser. A sought after speaker, she has helped thousands of parents who are struggling with overweight, underactive children. Heidi lives in Clovis, California with her husband, Dan, and their children, Breanna and Nathan.

Find Heidi and Breanna online at, Facebook, and Twitter

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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