The effect of familial factors on the management of childhood obesity

Moria Golan, Roni S. Enten, Danit R. Shahar

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This chapter reviews the literature, with the addition of some recent unpublished findings from this group's studies, on the relationship between childhood obesity management and family-based factors. The objective was to better understand the impact of socioeconomic status (SES), family size, family functioning and parenting style on the outcomes of pediatric obesity management programs. Original research and reviews published between 1995 and 2008 were identified by searching Medline, PsycINFO, Agricola and Lexis-Nexis. The literature shows that parents from families of lower SES may underestimate the health risk of excess weight to their children; these families may also be less available for the intensive efforts and supportive interaction needed to address excess weight in their children. Moreover, psychological disturbances, lower family functioning and a permissive parenting style were some of the factors reported to be associated with less success in family-based weight loss programs among families from lower SES as well as larger families.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Parenting
Subtitle of host publicationStyles, Stresses, and Strategies
EditorsPacey H. Krause, Tahlia M. Dailey
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781616685751
ISBN (Print)9781607417668
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameFamily Issues in the 21st Century Series


  • Childhood obesity management
  • Family-based factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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