Development of a multi-disciplinary intervention for the treatment of childhood obesity based on cognitive behavioral therapy

Eirini Bathrellou, Mary Yannakoulia, Katerina Papanikolaou, Artemios Pehlivanidis, Panagiota Pervanidou, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, John Tsiantis, George P. Chrousos, Labros S. Sidossis

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Abstract

Along the lines of the evidence-based recommendations, we developed a multi-disciplinary intervention for overweight children 7- to 12-years-old, primarily aiming at helping children to adopt healthier eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. The program combined nutrition intervention, based on a non-dieting approach, with physical activity intervention, implemented through the basic principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with parental support. The program was conducted by dieticians with the collaboration of child psychiatrists and pediatricians. Training and regular supervision upon CBT priniciples application was intended to enhance dieticians' efficiency. The intervention is currently being evaluated to determine its effectiveness in treating childhood obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-50
Number of pages17
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Children
  • Cognitive behavioral techniques
  • Non-dieting approach
  • Obesity
  • Parental involvement
  • Supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Bathrellou, E., Yannakoulia, M., Papanikolaou, K., Pehlivanidis, A., Pervanidou, P., Kanaka-Gantenbein, C., Tsiantis, J., Chrousos, G. P., & Sidossis, L. S. (2010). Development of a multi-disciplinary intervention for the treatment of childhood obesity based on cognitive behavioral therapy. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 32(1), 34-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317100903539873