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Childhood and Adolescent Obesity by Lauren A. Stutts

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CHAPTER 3

Evaluation and Assessment

Children who are obese show greater levels of psychopathology than children who are not obese (Kalarchian and Marcus 2012). As such, children who are obese are often seen by psychologists in addition to physicians. Clinical health psychologists, in particular, are trained in helping individuals make behavior changes, such as losing weight. Moreover, individuals often use food as a coping strategy reduce negative emotions. This chapter will discuss common disorders associated with obesity including Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It will also explore intricacies of assessment of psychological disorders related to childhood obesity and include information on a specific form of ...

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