-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and caregivers
should be involved in treatment programs for obese children and
should lead by example, praise children's progress and use setbacks
as learning opportunities, experts say.
"In many cases, the adults in a family may be the most effective change agents to help obese children attain and maintain a healthier weight," Myles Faith, an associate professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in an American Heart Association (AHA) news release.
"To do so, the adults may need to modify their own behavior and try some research-based strategies," added Faith, who is the chair of the writing group that published an AHA scientific statement in the Jan. 23 issue of Circulation.
The statement authors examined previous research on child
obesity treatments that used behavioral change strategies and
featured extensive involvement by parents and other adult
Faith and his colleagues identified a number of strategies that
have been linked to better outcomes, including:
"While these strategies were implemented by health care professionals in a treatment program, the psychological principles on which they are based provide sound guidance for families of obese children as well," Faith said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about
childhood obesity and treatment.
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