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Childhood and Adolescent Obesity by Lauren A. Stutts

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CHAPTER 4

Treatment and Intervention

After a comprehensive evaluation and the creation of goals as discussed in Chapter 3, treatments centered around improving health behaviors need to be chosen. There is no one recommended treatment for obesity for children and adolescents. Treatment recommendations should be based on age, level of severity of obesity, family characteristics, resources, and individual preferences, among other factors. For example, a young child would not be recommended for cognitive-behavioral therapy due to the cognitive demands, and adolescents with less severe levels of obesity would not be recommended for bariatric surgery. That said, treatments should generally be based off of making lifestyle changes rather than strict ...

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