Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment of Overweight and the Pediatric Practice

Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD; Lisa Altshuler, PhD

  • Pediatric Annals. 2007;36(2)
  • Posted February 1, 2007

Abstract

The percentage of children who are currently overweight in the United States has reached staggering proportions. This epidemic calls on us as healthcare professionals to utilize the effective assessment and treatment techniques we have available to address this concern. This article will explore the rates of pediatric overweight (defined as a body mass index above the 95th percentile) and its negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences. It will review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe its basic principles. Finally, it will discuss the important role that physicians must play in preventing and assessing pediatric overweight in their patients. It also will explore those aspects of the comprehensive treatment approach that can be utilized effectively in pediatric practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, is Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program, Maimonides Medical Center. Lisa Altshuler, PhD, is also with Maimonides Medical Center.

Address correspondence to: Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219; or email ddesantis@maimonidesmed.org.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the rates of pediatric overweight and their negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences.
  2. Review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe their basic principles.
  3. Discuss the important role physicians play in preventing and assessing overweight in their pediatric patients.

Abstract

The percentage of children who are currently overweight in the United States has reached staggering proportions. This epidemic calls on us as healthcare professionals to utilize the effective assessment and treatment techniques we have available to address this concern. This article will explore the rates of pediatric overweight (defined as a body mass index above the 95th percentile) and its negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences. It will review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe its basic principles. Finally, it will discuss the important role that physicians must play in preventing and assessing pediatric overweight in their patients. It also will explore those aspects of the comprehensive treatment approach that can be utilized effectively in pediatric practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, is Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program, Maimonides Medical Center. Lisa Altshuler, PhD, is also with Maimonides Medical Center.

Address correspondence to: Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219; or email ddesantis@maimonidesmed.org.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the rates of pediatric overweight and their negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences.
  2. Review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe their basic principles.
  3. Discuss the important role physicians play in preventing and assessing overweight in their pediatric patients.

The percentage of children who are currently overweight in the United States has reached staggering proportions. This epidemic calls on us as healthcare professionals to utilize the effective assessment and treatment techniques we have available to address this concern. This article will explore the rates of pediatric overweight (defined as a body mass index above the 95th percentile) and its negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences. It will review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe its basic principles. Finally, it will discuss the important role that physicians must play in preventing and assessing pediatric overweight in their patients. It also will explore those aspects of the comprehensive treatment approach that can be utilized effectively in pediatric practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, is Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program, Maimonides Medical Center. Lisa Altshuler, PhD, is also with Maimonides Medical Center.

Address correspondence to: Deborah De Santis-Moniaci, PhD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219; or email ddesantis@maimonidesmed.org.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the rates of pediatric overweight and their negative medical, psychological, social, and economic consequences.
  2. Review the evidence supporting comprehensive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents and describe their basic principles.
  3. Discuss the important role physicians play in preventing and assessing overweight in their pediatric patients.

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