Empirically Supported Treatment of Overweight Adolescents

  • Alan M. Delamater
  • Jason F. Jent
  • Cortney T. Moine
  • Jessica Rios
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

In this chapter, we address empirically supported treatment approaches for overweight adolescents. We consider various approaches to treatment for overweight adolescents, including dietary and physical activity interventions, outpatient multicomponent interventions, camp and residential programs, primary care interventions, and medical approaches including pharmacological interventions and bariatric surgery. We conclude with a discussion of implications for clinical practice and future research in this area.

While the literature on the treatment efficacy of childhood overweight is promising (Baur % O%#x0027;Connor, 2004; Epstein, Valoski, Wing, & McCurley, 1994; Jelalian & Mehlenbeck, 2003), relatively less attention has been placed on the efficacy of treatment for adolescent overweight. Interventions for adolescent overweight vary across treatment approaches (e.g., dietary intervention, physical activity intervention, multicomponent behavioral therapy, medication management, and surgery), treatment settings (e.g., specialty outpatient clinic, hospital inpatient, primary care, school, residential camp, church, and community center), and treatment formats (e.g., individual, group, classroom, peer, dyadic, and family). However, even with the development of several different treatment approaches, there are few well-controlled studies examining the efficacy of adolescent overweight interventions.


Physical Activity Bariatric Surgery Physical Activity Intervention Overweight Adolescent Multicomponent Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan M. Delamater
    • 1
  • Jason F. Jent
    • 1
  • Cortney T. Moine
    • 1
  • Jessica Rios
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MiamiMiami

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