Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chappy's Weight Loss Solution by Chaplain Dick Phelps

Title: Chappy’s Weight Loss Solution
Author: Chaplain Dick Phelps
Pages: 68
Year: 2015
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in
Note: I received a free copy of this booklet through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Are the classic images of firefighters as healthy, fit, and strong still accurate? Although firefighters’ bravery and commitment to public service has never been in doubt, a chilling epidemic has been slowly developing in the fire service which threatens their ability to effectively respond to the emergencies and disasters that will inevitably occur in our country. As in our nation at large, the number of individuals who are overweight, obese, and unfit has risen to alarming levels in fire departments, both volunteer and career, across our nation. In fact, the best evidence suggests that rates of the overweight and obese are higher in the fire service than in the general public.” Chappy’s Weight Loss Solution offers targeted help that has proven to work in the Firehouse.

My review:

     I am going to start off by admitting that this is not a normal type of book for me to read. Therefore I struggled a little bit with figuring out what to say in a review for it.

     The suggestions given are solid.

     Chaplain Dick Phelps is very honest in this booklet about his own struggles with weight and fitness. He is obviously very passionate about wanting to help firefighters learn to control their weight and stay fit. He shared a number of different methods of trying to control his eating and talked openly about the need for each person to figure out what works for them. It does point out the possibility that weight loss problems can stem from an overeating addiction. This is one aspect of the problem that I have never considered before.

     I think that the only reason this booklet didn’t get a higher rating from me is that it seemed to be very repetitive in what information it gives. I am giving it a rating of 4 stars and recommending it as a way to start learning about weight loss and fitness.

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