Weight control for overweight children vs. obese children

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Weight control for overweight children vs. obese children

The approach for weight control does vary a great deal based on the characteristics, and weight is one of those characteristics. If you have a child who is 20-30 pounds overweight, it's still a serious issue. The research on this shows that if that problem for that child is not addressed in a significant way, that child is almost guaranteed to become an obese adult. Something like 95 percent is the way it goes, 95 percent. But if you have somebody that is 200 pounds overweight, who is 12 or 15 years old, you have a much more serious, life-threatening problem on your hands and has to be addressed medically in a different way, in terms of the management of the medical problems that already exist; cholesterol, blood pressure. All of these things have to be looked at very carefully. The child that gets that big, that young, usually there are some real problems at home. There are some issues that have to be addressed in the parents thinking about things, lifestyle. It's just a much more serious problem. It's the morbid obesity, that 200 pounds overweight that's considered super morbid obesity in a child. It's a life-threatening issue and needs to be treated like that. It's a much more urgent, more intensive approach, longer intervention. You are really looking at a course of lifetime interventions that are very significant to manage that process. Whereas, that much less overweight person, 20-30 pound teenager. That person can erase that problem. They still have to look at that their whole life, but it still can be managed in a totally different way.

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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