Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Weight

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Help your kid succeed by making good changes for everyone in your family -- including yourself. If you single out one person, it won't work. He’ll feel criticized and punished, not motivated. Everyone in the family will benefit when you set health goals together.

From: How to Help An Overweight Teen WebMD Medical Reference

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Lawrence Cheskin, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School; director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, Baltimore.

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.

Karen Donato, SM, coordinator, Overweight and Obesity Research Applications, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Dan Kirschenbaum, PhD, vice president, Clinical Services, Wellspring -- a division of CRC Health; director, Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology, Chicago; professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Kristen Liebl, LRD, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D.

Ann O. Scheimann, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore.

Michelle Van Beek, MD, pediatrician, Weight Management Clinic, Sanford Children's Clinic, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Kirschenbaum, D. , February 2009. Obesity Management

Kelly, K. , Jan. 12, 2010. Obesity Reviews

Rodearmel, S. , October 2007. American Academy of Pediatrics

Stice, E. , 2006. Psychological Bulletin

US Preventive Services Taskforce, , February 2010. Pediatrics

Barlow, S. , 2007. Pediatrics

Taveras, E. , May 2005. Obesity Research

Hettema, J. , 2005. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology

American Medical Association: "Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity."

My Overweight Child: "What About Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Pills?"

USDA: "America's Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES: 

Lawrence Cheskin, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School; director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, Baltimore.

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.

Karen Donato, SM, coordinator, Overweight and Obesity Research Applications, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Dan Kirschenbaum, PhD, vice president, Clinical Services, Wellspring -- a division of CRC Health; director, Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology, Chicago; professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Kristen Liebl, LRD, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D.

Ann O. Scheimann, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore.

Michelle Van Beek, MD, pediatrician, Weight Management Clinic, Sanford Children's Clinic, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Kirschenbaum, D. , February 2009. Obesity Management

Kelly, K. , Jan. 12, 2010. Obesity Reviews

Rodearmel, S. , October 2007. American Academy of Pediatrics

Stice, E. , 2006. Psychological Bulletin

US Preventive Services Taskforce, , February 2010. Pediatrics

Barlow, S. , 2007. Pediatrics

Taveras, E. , May 2005. Obesity Research

Hettema, J. , 2005. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology

American Medical Association: "Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity."

My Overweight Child: "What About Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Pills?"

USDA: "America's Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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