, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 171–175 | Cite as

Parental involvement does not augment the effectiveness of an intense behavioral program for the treatment of childhood obesity

  • Eirini Bathrellou
  • Mary Yannakoulia
  • Katerina Papanikolaou
  • Artemios Pehlivanidis
  • Panagiota Pervanidou
  • Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein
  • Ioanna Tokou
  • John Tsiantis
  • George P. Chrousos
  • Labros S. SidossisEmail author
Research paper


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of active parental involvement in a lifestyle intervention for the management of childhood obesity. DESIGN: Forty-two overweight children (32 girls and 10 boys), aged 9.2±0.2 years and with percent overweight 39.8±2.7%, were randomly allocated either to a child-and-parent group (N = 23) or a child-alone group (N = 19). Both groups attended a 3-month multidisciplinary program extended by booster sessions during follow-up, which involved many cognitive behavioral therapy principles and assigned high self-regulation to the children, but differed in parental involvement. Percent overweight was evaluated at baseline, and at 3, 6, and 18 months thereafter. RESULTS: There was no significant interaction between time and group or a significant difference between groups. Percent overweight decreased by 4.9±1.4 at 18 months (p <0.001); the reduction occurred during the active phase of the treatment (0-3 months) and was maintained thereafter. CONCLUSION: In the setting of the present study, the active parental involvement did not significantly modify the results of lifestyle interventions for children’s overweight management.

Key words

Children Cognitive behavioral therapy Obesity Parents Weight management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eirini Bathrellou
    • 1
  • Mary Yannakoulia
    • 1
  • Katerina Papanikolaou
    • 2
  • Artemios Pehlivanidis
    • 3
  • Panagiota Pervanidou
    • 4
  • Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein
    • 4
  • Ioanna Tokou
    • 1
  • John Tsiantis
    • 2
  • George P. Chrousos
    • 4
  • Labros S. Sidossis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition and DieteticsHarokopio UniversityAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Child PsychiatryUniversity of Athens Medical School, “Agia Sophia” Children’s HospitalAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Cognitive Therapy UnitUniversity of Athens Medical School, Eginition HospitalAthensGreece
  4. 4.Unit of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, First Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens Medical School, “Agia Sophia” Children’s HospitalAthensGreece

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