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Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

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Causes and patterns of referral to a tertiary, multidisciplinary program for the treatment of childhood obesity

Gili Yaeger-Yarom
  • Department of Pediatric, Child Health and Sports Center, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
/ Dan Nemet
  • Department of Pediatric, Child Health and Sports Center, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
/ Alon Eliakim
  • Department of Pediatric, Child Health and Sports Center, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
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Published Online: 2011-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jpem.2011.051

Abstract

Background: Despite the childhood obesity epidemic, few obese children receive therapy and relatively few weight management multidisciplinary programs exist.

Objective and methods: The objective of this study was to examine the patterns and causes for obese children referrals to a tertiary multidisciplinary childhood obesity treatment program. A total of 227 children (10.6±2.6 years; 108 boys, 119 girls) were evaluated at the beginning of the programs for personal and familial demographic and anthropometric details, the referring agent to the program, and the main reasons for participation and for the child’s desire to lose weight.

Results: The majority of participants had an obese family member (83%), in particular an obese parent (62%). The majority of patients were self-referred (86.8%), mainly by their mothers (74%). Only a small fraction were referred by healthcare providers (15.4%). The desire to improve appearance (44.5%), social/psychological issues (39.2%) and the will to improve fitness (29.5%) were the main reasons for joining the program.

Conclusion: Understanding the motives for participation and referral patterns can improve recruitment and participation of obese children in weight reduction intervention programs.

Keywords: overweight; primary care; weight management multidisciplinary program

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Corresponding author: Alon Eliakim, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Child Health and Sports Center, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, 44281, Israel Phone: +972-9-7472134, +972-9-7471076, Fax: +972-3-747130


Published Online: 2011-05-31

Published in Print: 2011-06-01


Citation Information: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN (Online) 2191-0251, ISSN (Print) 0334-018X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jpem.2011.051. Export Citation

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