Confronting obesity in children: behavioral and psychological factors.
The problem of obesity in children must be taken seriously and treated aggressively. The long-term psychological, social, and medical consequences of childhood obesity can be quite serious. Behavior modification has shown new promise compared to the discouraging results of traditional approaches such as inpatient starvation, the use of appetite suppressants, and dietary counseling. The behavioral program involves a systematic approach to nutrition, exercise, eating patterns, attitudes, and family support.
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