Target Audience

This book should not be used as a guide for chil­dren to lose weight. Chil­dren have spe­cial needs as they grow and as their bod­ies’ change. If you have an over­weight or obese child the per­son to look to for ad­vice is your pe­di­a­tri­cian.

This book is not ap­pro­pri­ate for peo­ple who are ill. The first pri­or­i­ty is to ad­dress the ill­ness, and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als should di­rect the treat­ment.

The tar­get au­di­ence for this book is healthy adults who are over­weight or obese, or slim adults who want to stay that way.


The au­thor of this book has no pro­fes­sion­al cre­den­tials in any of the sub­jects he writes about. It is al­ways good to ver­i­fy oth­ers’ as­ser­tions but dou­bly so in this case. To help with this, the book con­tains ref­er­ences to source ma­te­ri­al.

Authoritative Sources

Most of the source ma­te­ri­al is avail­able on the In­ter­net, but web­sites come and go. Ref­er­enc­ing them in a book can lead to frus­tra­tion if they are tak­en down lat­er. There are two sites that con­tain qual­i­ty in­for­ma­tion with links that are sta­ble:

PubMed is a repos­i­to­ry of ab­stracts on the func­tion­ing of healthy peo­ple and those with med­i­cal is­sues. Links to these ab­stracts will be in the form of PMID 10075319.

PubMed Cen­tral is a repos­i­to­ry of full length free ar­ti­cles. Links to these ar­ti­cles are shown as PMC 3227989.

For more on PubMed ab­stracts and es­says, see the “Read and Learn” sec­tion of chap­ter 2.


Through­out the book var­i­ous prod­ucts are dis­cussed. The au­thor has used these and found them to be sat­is­fac­to­ry. Bet­ter prod­ucts may be avail­able.

The au­thor has no con­nec­tion with any of the com­pa­nies mak­ing the prod­ucts, nor does he re­ceive any pay­ment for men­tion­ing them.


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