The treatment of obesity in children must include family and must start at home. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), family and home are very important for the treatment of childhood obesity that is not caused by physiologic or psychological factors.
Although the increment of a child’s physical activity in school is advisable in treating obesity, April A. Bice explains that the importance of a family-based treatment program is paramount to successfully treating obesity in children.
The approach of including the family in the treatment of childhood obesity is important and must complement increasing the child’s physical activity in school.
A child’s dietary habits and other factors that may lead to obesity are almost always shaped by the family and home. These underlying causes of childhood obesity can be treated with the support of the family and, in extension, the larger society, the study concluded.