Model Treatment Programs
Although numerous interventions have been developed to treat child and adolescent obesity, there are relatively few that have strong empirical support in the literature and have the potential for truly affecting patient care on a large-scale basis. This chapter focuses on those model treatment programs that we feel have just such support and potential. School-based programs and inpatient programs—because they are so different from the type of clinic-based programs reviewed below—are not included here. To begin this chapter, components of a model treatment program for pediatric obesity will be discussed. In a review of the literature on multidisciplinary pediatric obesity programs, we identify those components that were noted as key—both those that were included in all programs and those that differentiated between the treatment programs. Next, barriers that are typically faced when implementing treatment programs of this nature are discussed. Finally, we discuss four model treatment programs for child and adolescent obesity that were identified through a literature search and selected for discussion because they encompass the majority of the key components discussed.
KeywordsChildhood Obesity Adolescent Obesity Obesity Treatment Body Mass Index Percentile Weight Management Program
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