A Life Changing Program to Help Children and their Families Suffering From Obesity, Live a Healthier, Happier and More Active Life

BY Dr. Gary M. Leong Paediatric Endocrinologist

Best Health and Wellbeing book
Book of the Year Finalist

RRP: $49.95
Just $25 plus $10 postage for for GPs and other health professionals

Achieving a healthy weight in our modern world is hard for us all - monumentally so. In this inspiring, heartfelt and deeply practical book, Dr Gary Leong embraces the complexity of the obesity challenge and shows how to harness the power of families to transform their lives and communities by approaching the challenge “just one thing at a time”. This has to be the way of the future. We must learn new habits, follow Gary’s KINIMS (yes, he makes up words too), and “ride together” to break the cycle of obesity.

Stephen J. Simpson

Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney and Executive Director, Obesity Australia

Dr Leong takes a holistic approach that encourages the whole (extended) family to consider not just the eating, activity and sleep habits that underpin a healthy lifestyles but also a whole range of emotional, social, cultural and community factors that make important behaviour changes needed to achieve a healthier lifestyle so challenging. The book includes powerful family stories and plenty of practical ideas and exercises to assist parents to take charge and identify, plan and implement the changes that are right for their own family.

Professor Lynne Daniels

Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Faculty of Health, School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, QUT, Brisbane

Who should read this book?

Medical professionals seeking a structured holistic program to help obese patients to turn their lives around

Parents who are feeling overwhelmed and have run out of options for their child suffering from obesity

Children and teens who feel bullied or ostracised and are ready to become healthy and happy again


Those who want options that are achievable and have worked for many others in the same situation

Parents worried about the health issues associated with poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle and too much technology

Families who want to live a better, healthier, active and more purposeful life together


Meet Dr Gary Leong

I am a paediatrician (a children’s doctor), and a paediatric endocrinologist (a doctor qualified to diagnose and treat disorders of the endocrine glands and hormones in children). Through my clinical practice I have treated hundreds of children and families at public and private clinics in Sydney and Brisbane, including at the KOALA clinic and the Kids Fit 4 Future Clinic.

While I was trained to diagnose and treat children medically, after years of practice I felt this approach was only working to a point. I felt compelled to bring a more integrated approach to treatment. I found the emotional, mental and socio-cultural aspects of the disease must be considered equally too.

This book outlines a potentially life-changing program that I have developed called the Ride to Life program. It encourages you to courageously and honestly confront the underlying reasons for the obesity affecting your child. But it is also about parents and children taking appropriate levels of personal responsibility and then taking action to make sustainable, manageable change for a better, healthier, active and more purposeful life.

Gary’s riding passion

Gary or Dr K, or Dr Koala, as some call him, is no ordinary children’s doctor! Over the last four years, I have had the pleasure of riding with Dr K on several major Smiling for Smiddy (SFS) five-day cycle challenges to raise money for cancer research for the Mater Foundation Brisbane.

Dr K has a passion and commitment to being physically active with his cycling. He uses this in part to inspire the families and children he sees in his clinic who suffer from obesity and diabetes. I wish Dr K all the best with his book and the Ride to Life program to inspire more families to start an active, healthy life.”

Phil Anderson OAM 

The first Australian (and in fact the first non-European) pro-cyclist to wear the maillot jaune (yellow jersey), which is awarded to the leader of Le Tour de France

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As an advocate of good nutrition, Gary asked me to contribute some healthy recipes for his book. I am so glad that you have given selflessly of your time for the greater good of every family around the globe.

Louise Elliott

Health Nutritionist and Entertainer,
Founder of Kids Get Healthy Program
Author of the Amazing Army Kids Book and Show

You have to grab yourself a copy. We’re really excited to be working with like- minded advocates who use science and evidence, and wonderful diverse techniques to encourage kids and their families to make better choices for their life.

Belinda and Israel Smith

Founders of the Root Cause
Creators of the Mad Food Science Incursion
Author of The Lunchbox Effect 2020