What is the most effective approach to managing obesity in children?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Manage any acute or chronic complications of obesity (see Prognosis) and request psychiatric assistance for unusual eating disorders or severe depression. Devise a care plan that emphasizes long-term diet and exercise, family support, and the avoidance of dramatic swings in body weight. A team approach to therapy, involving the efforts of nurse educators, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and counselors, is likely to prove most effective. Consultations with a pulmonary (sleep) medicine specialist, orthopedist, and/or gastroenterologist may be appropriate in some cases. Avoid a punitive approach and reward positive behaviors.


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