Fighting Childhood Obesity Takes the Whole Family

Fighting childhood obesity is a family business!

Isolating a child with a weight problem is neither practical nor possible.

Family eating habits are ubiquitous and often times an obese child is the progeny of an obese parent.

Sometime it is necessary for a third party to become involved and retrain the whole family’s ideas about food.

With more and more children in the U.S. becoming overweight, many parents are wondering how to talk to their children about weight. The Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program for families is remarkably straightforward and successful.

After a long day of school or work, a group of families gathers in a Stanford Hospital classroom in Menlo Park, Calif. The children are all in the highest percentile for body mass index, or BMI. They’ve signed up with their parents, often at the urging of a pediatrician, for a six-month healthy eating and exercise boot camp.

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