Behavioral treatment of pediatric obesity: Review and future directions


Pediatric obesity is a growing concern in modern society, and a number of troubling physical and psychosocial problems are often comorbid with this condition. This article outlines the definition, prevalence, and factors that affect the onset of obesity in childhood. It then reviews behavioral treatment components used to treat pediatric obesity. Research supporting the efficacy of behavioral treatments for pediatric obesity is highlighted, and attention is given to important areas of future inquiry. A number of nuances in the treatment and study of pediatric obesity are explicated as they apply to health professionals. Implications for practice are presented at the conclusion. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Children's Health Care