Navigation Links
Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids' Obesity
Date:1/23/2012

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 caregivers.

Faith and his colleagues identified a number of strategies that have been linked to better outcomes, including:

  • Working together as a family to identify specific behaviors that need to be changed.
  • Setting clearly defined goals -- such as limiting TV viewing to no more than two hours per day -- and monitoring progress.
  • Creating a home environment that encourages healthier choices, such as having fruit in the house instead of high-calorie desserts or snacks.
  • Making sure parents commend children when they make progress, and don't criticize them if they do backslide. Instead, helping children identify ways to make different decisions if they're faced with the same kind of situation again.
  • Never using food as a punishment or reward.
  • Keeping track of progress toward goals.

"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.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about childhood obesity and treatment.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Jan. 18, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Explorers Bounty Puffed Fruit Snacks Helping Parents Battle Summer Obesity
2. Parents often wait too long to treat childrens asthma symptoms
3. New intervention helps Latino parents of asthmatic children quit smoking
4. PDA Reminds Parents About the Importance of Childrens Oral Health
5. New Virtual Program for Parents of Children with ADD / ADHD
6. Parents Divorce Doesnt Harm College-Age Kids
7. Some Parents Consider Hastening a Sick Childs Death
8. Infectious Virus Hides In Human Chromosomes During Latency And Can Be Passed From Parents To Their Children
9. Mother of Binge Drinking Victim Urges Students and Parents to Discuss Signs of Alcohol Poisoning, Emphasize Peer Responsibility Prior to Spring Break
10. Twinlab Launches New Omega-3 Powder in Single-Serving Stick Packs for Busy Parents and Their Kids
11. Risks of Kids Surgeries May Not Stick With Parents
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids' Obesity
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... The Magic ... “Consumer’s Choice” Award, for favorite sex toy. Created in collaboration with website Kinkly.com, ... to be consumer voted. The Magic Wand Rechargeable won in stiff competition from ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... Managers, **Presented by FDAnews and MSceppa Consulting **, Aug. 22-23, 2017 – Arlington, ... on Friday, July 28. , Increased FDA scrutiny and growing demands to track ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Advanced Dermatology, ... Bellmore, New York, (516) 784-5858. The office opened earlier this summer and is ... Friedman and Fruma Leah Wiederman. , Advanced Dermatology, P.C. founder and medical ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... ... “A Short Walk to the Mailbox”: a remarkable memoir of an unconventional courtship. ... Ed Clark is a church music director and choral conductor. He has ... worship leader for over fifty years. He has a master’s degree in church ...
(Date:7/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Three experts will be interviewed on Facebook ... & Exhibition, to be held in Denver, CO on July 30-August 3, 2017. ... visit the AAPM Facebook page to watch three speakers present their information and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/12/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... to resolve pending patent litigation in the U.S. District Court ... regarding the Cialis ® (tadalafil) unit dose patent. This ... As part of the agreement, Cialis exclusivity is now expected ... "The unit dose patent for Cialis is valid and ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... 11, 2017  Sysmex America, Inc., a leading ... equipment as well as middleware information systems technology, ... make quality assurance easier and more risk free ... known for the innovation that it delivers to ... quality assurance processes to a new level with ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... GAITHERSBURG, Md. , July 10, 2017 ... in non-animal test methods, is the recipient of a ... by the PETA International Science Consortium. The device, which ... be used to expose human lung cells to airborne ... lung. IIVS will use the VITROCELL® system for testing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: