Family-Based Behavioral Treatment for Childhood Obesity

Childhood overweight and obesity are rapidly increasing in the United States, along with the early onset of obesity-related conditions. Family-based behavioral treatment programs can be a successful treatment for obesity, but these programs typically have low attendance rates and high attrition.

In their original research article in the Spring issue of the Ochsner Journal, Staiano and colleagues survey a population of potential participants in a family-based, behavioral childhood obesity treatment program. Parents and guardians provided their input on the important elements of a successful treatment program.

The study identified numerous barriers to participation in a childhood weight-loss program such as lack of time, frustration from prior unsuccessful weight-loss attempts, and the perceived cost of healthy foods and exercise options. Parents and guardians also listed several factors that would facilitate their family’s participation in such a program, including a convenient location, a supportive weight-loss program leader, and rewards for the child’s progress. Read more about the barriers and facilitators to participation in childhood obesity treatment programs here.

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