Childhood obesity has become a significant problem in the United States, especially in poor communities, and we know that children who have at least 1 obese parent have a much higher risk of being obese. Combined behavioral lifestyle interventions and family-based intervention programs to address pediatric obesity have the strongest evidence of effectiveness. In this pilot study, we delineate our collaborative model of family group medical visits at a community health center combined with healthy living workshops involving families with at least 1 child and 1 parent or guardian who are obese as a unique approach to address obesity in children.
Family Medicine Residency Faculty, McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation, Waco, Texas (Drs Weaver, Kelley, and Griggs) and Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences (Dr Weems) and Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Dr Umstattd Meyer), Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
Correspondence: Sally P. Weaver, PhD, MD, Family Medicine Residency Faculty, McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation, 1600 Providence Dr, Waco, TX 76707 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
None of the authors has any conflict of interest to declare. Project funding was provided through a Family Medicine Residency Program Childhood Obesity Grant awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians Americans in Motion—Healthy Interventions initiative.