Is behavioral therapy effective for the treatment of 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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Kalarchian et al found that family-based behavioral weight control is effective for severely obese children. [32] In a randomized, controlled trial in 192 children aged 8-12 years whose average body mass index (BMI) percentile for age and sex was 99.18, intervention was associated with significant decreases in percentage of child overweight at 6 months compared with usual care. Small significant improvements in medical outcomes were observed at 6 and 12 months. [32] Children who attended 75% or more of intervention sessions maintained decreases in percentage overweight through 18 months.


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