What is the role of family support in the treatment of childhood obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Any intervention is likely to fail if it does not involve the active participation and support of family members. The child at hand may be only one of many family members who have obesity, and successful treatment often requires a change in the entire family's approach to eating. In selected cases, family therapy may be highly beneficial.


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