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Introducing A New Cookbook And Resource Featuring "ZAGAT" Chefs To Help People GAIN WEIGHT


For millions, gaining weight is just as difficult, if not more difficult as losing it. But, today, with a unique cookbook, Creative Calories and Recipes for Weight Gain, those struggling to add pounds now have access to a new tool to aid them in their struggle to achieve a healthier body weight.

"While the current focus is on the obesity epidemic, weight loss as a result of medical conditions such as Cancer, Aging, Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Anorexia, Cystic Fibrosis, Parkinson's Disease or Post OP is a serious health concern," said LaurieAnn Scher, registered dietitian, certified diabetic educator and co-author of the new book. "Serious diseases cause many patients to lose too much weight and the struggle to add calories has a direct impact on the ability to recover. We hope our book will be a resource for those battling this little recognized problem."

Creative Calories and Recipes for Weight Gain is more than just a cookbook. It is a valuable resource containing more than 50 recipes from distinguished chefs of leading restaurants across the United States and high calorie favorites from the authors' families and friends. Tips on boosting calories, keeping food preparation new and interesting, and heart healthy substitutes are all included for successful weight gain. Secrets for increasing appetite and food intake are highlighted, along with important information to help readers understand the relationship between appetite, eating, and weight gain.

Creative Calories and Recipes for Weight Gain is the result of the passion of a mother whose child lost excessive weight due to a struggle with anxiety and the knowledge and experience of two registered dietitians who realize that there is an under-acknowledged population dealing with malnutrition and/or life altering weight loss. All three of the authors have learned through different work and life experiences that being underweight and struggling to maintain or gain weight can be just as, if not more, physically and emotionally difficult than losing weight.

According to co-author and registered dietitian at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Melanie Katrinak, "Malnutrition is easily ignored until it gets to a very dangerous point. Over the years I have treated many patients in the hospital who have lost significant weight due to physical and/or psychological illness. I always wished I had a more comprehensive resource to help patients with weight maintenance or gain, so the opportunity to collaborate on this much needed resource was very important and exciting to me."

Creative Calories and Recipes for Weight Gain is available in E-book and print editions at

About the authors:

LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDE has a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University Teachers College. As a registered dietitian for over 25 years, LaurieAnn has worked for leading institutions including Columbia University Health Services and The Renfrew Center, a pediatrician's office and in private practice. Creative Calories & Recipes for Weight Gain came out of her desire to provide information and resources to people who need to restore or gain weight.

Melanie Katrinak, RD, CSP, LDN has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her internship at The University of Connecticut. She has worked at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years helping patients with a variety of medical conditions and nutritional needs. She became inspired to collaborate on Creative Calories & Recipes for Weight Gain as a result of increasing experience with patients struggling to maintain or gain weight during times of physical and/or psychological illness.

Debbie Kaufman, parent: There is a huge population of both children and adults for whom calorie intake is critical. After going through a challenging experience of excessive weight loss with our child, I became inspired to use the knowledge I learned along the way to guide others who may need similar assistance with maintaining or gaining weight. My dream was to offer a resource to families with pertinent information on calories, appetite and weight gain.

LaurieAnn Scher, MS,RD,CDE | Melanie Katrinak, RD,CSP,LDN | Debbie Kaufman, Parent

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