Five-year follow-up of family-based behavioral treatments for childhood obesity.

  title={Five-year follow-up of family-based behavioral treatments for childhood obesity.},
  author={Leonard H Epstein and J R McCurley and Rena R Wing and A M Valoski},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  volume={58 5},
This article presents the 5-year outcome of family-based behavioral treatment of obesity for 6- to 12-year-old children in 162 families across 4 treatment outcome studies. Results suggest that treatments that use (a) conjoint targeting and reinforcement of child and parent behavior or (b) reciprocal targeting and reinforcement of children and parents are associated with the best child outcomes. Predictors of child success include self-monitoring, changing eating behavior, praise, and change in… CONTINUE READING

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