Familial approach to the treatment of childhood obesity: conceptual mode

J Nutr Educ. 2001 Mar-Apr;33(2):102-7. doi: 10.1016/s1499-4046(06)60173-5.


This model for the management of childhood obesity uses a family-based approach. Change is delivered through the parents (instead of the obese child) emphasizing a healthy lifestyle and not weight reduction as in previously published, family-based management of childhood obesity. This intervention integrates behavioral, social learning, and family system approaches. The proposed approach includes changes in parental cognition, emphasizing "parenthood presence"; parents serve both as a source of authority and a role model for the obese child, providing a family environment that fosters healthy practices related to weight control issues and de-emphasizing personal responsibility for control of health behavior.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Family*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Parent-Child Relations*