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If a child is obese, will it work to target only the parents?
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
This just in...working with the parents of obese children (and not the children directly) had similar results compared with efforts that included targeting the children along with the parents. 

The researchers admit that further research is needed, but this study actually suggests that parent only treatment programs are a viable method for providing obesity treatment to children. 

I like this idea on a couple of different levels...I like that the child isn't targeted or singled out, per se, and that the intervention isn't focused on the obese child but rather changing the family environment. My experience shows me that it's the family environment and the societal food culture that tends to feed the child obesity problem in America.

My guess is that this type of intervention (family style by targeting parents) would be less likely to damage the child's self confidence and body image and less likely to encourage eating disorders.

What are your thoughts on this?
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