Childhood obesity

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2002 Feb;49(1):175-201. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(03)00114-7.


The pediatrician's approach to overweight was best summarized by Bruch 25 years ago: The pediatrician plays an important role in the prevention of obesity. From birth on, feeding a child always involves a dual task--namely, offering food in appropriate amounts and gearing it to the child's expression of his needs. Only in this way can he develop discriminating awareness and become active in establishing self-regulation.... If a child is fed when he is hungry, played with when he needs attention, and encouraged to be active when he is restless, he is not likely to grow up inhibited and passive or overstuffed and helpless, unable to control his eating because every discomfort is misinterpreted as a need to eat.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Obesity / therapy