Targeting parents exclusively in the treatment of childhood obesity: Long-term results

Moria Golan, Scott Crow

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Objective: To report the long-term change in children's overweight following a family-based health-centered approach where only parents were targeted compared with a control intervention where only children were targeted. Research Methods and Procedures: Fifty of the 60 children who participated in the original study were located 7 years later, and their weight and height were measured. At the point of the 7-year follow-up, the children were 14 to 19 years of age. Repeated measure ANOVA was used to test differences between the groups in percent overweight at different time-points. Results: Mean reduction in percent overweight was greater at all follow-up points in children of the parent-only group compared with those in the children-only group (p < 0.05). Seven years after the program terminated, mean reduction in children's overweight was 29% in the parent-only group vs. 20.2% in the children-only group (p < 0.05). Discussion: Over the long term, treatment of childhood obesity with the parents as the exclusive agents of change was superior to the conventional approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalObesity research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood obesity
  • Family-based treatment
  • Targeting parents


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