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Managing early childhood obesity in the primary care setting: a behavior modification approach.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric nursing
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
6
Pages
599–610
Identifiers
PMID: 12593345
Source
Medline

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to encourage primary care pediatric nurses to begin behavioral-based obesity treatment efforts as early as the preschool years. By examining the critical periods for obesity development and how the formation of food and activity behaviors interacts with those critical periods during the preschool years, the value of initiating early obesity treatment will be highlighted. Furthermore, the theory of behavior modification is presented and core principles are applied to early childhood weight management efforts.

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