Psychosocial Factors Related to Obesity in Children and Adolescents

  • Meg H. Zeller
  • Avani C. Modi
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

As outlined in Chapter 2, the long-term medical consequences of obesity are well-documented, with precursors for adult disease becoming increasingly prevalent in overweight youth. It is asserted, however, that the greater immediate and observable costs of pediatric obesity are psychosocial (Dietz, 1998). The purpose of this chapter is to review the known psychosocial correlates of pediatric obesity derived from the empiri cal literature. These psychosocial correlates cross a number of domains and environments that are central to understanding healthy child and adolescent development. We have organized the chapter to reflect specific psychosocial factors within the family and peer environments and then psychosocial functioning at the individual level. Throughout the chapter and in our summary, we discuss the implications of these data for weight management treatment as well as important directions for future research.


Depressive Symptom Eating Disorder Obese Child Pediatric Obesity Maternal Distress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meg H. Zeller
    • 1
  • Avani C. Modi
    • 1
  1. 1.Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati

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