Table 4.

General Approach to Therapy

Intervention should begin early
The family must be ready for change
Clinicians should educate families about medical complications of obesity
Clinicians should involve the family and all caregivers in the treatment program
Treatment programs should institute permanent changes, not short-term diets or exercise programs aimed at rapid weight loss
As part of the treatment program, a family should learn to monitor eating and activity
The treatment program should help the family make small, gradual changes
Clinicians should encourage and empathize and not criticize
A variety of experienced professionals can accomplish many aspects of a weight management program