Barry Panzer, PhD, ACSW, independent practice, Brooklyn, New York.
Integrating Pediatric Obesity Treatment Into Clinical Practice
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
2006 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 76, Issue 4, pages 531–544, October 2006
How to Cite
Panzer, B. (2006), Integrating Pediatric Obesity Treatment Into Clinical Practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76: 531–544. doi: 10.1037/0002-94126.96.36.1991
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
- Accepted August 1, 2006
- childhood obesity practice model
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and other industrialized nations. Despite the significant psychosocial consequences, mental health professionals have been reluctant to provide direct treatment for these children and their parents. The author proposes a practice model for agency, clinic, and private settings, with the mental health practitioner as primary clinician. On the basis of intervention research methodology, the model presents consensus generalizations and clinical applications for evaluation and treatment. A typology of diagnostic profiles with corresponding strategies for combining diet, activity, and mental health interventions is included.