Treating Obesity Starts at Home

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As a certified pediatric NP, I have examined, diagnosed, and treated numerous children with obesity (“Physical Activity in Schools Declines, Obesity Rates Climb: What Can Be Done?” AJN Reports, January). In my experience, the treatment of obesity (not otherwise caused by an underlying physiologic or psychological condition) begins at home. Increasing physical activity in the school setting is a worthy initiative. However, a family-centered and culture-focused approach to childhood obesity remains indispensable. Remembering and including the family are vital to a successful treatment plan, regardless of whether the child stands at her or his desk in school.
April A.

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