In 2007, American researchers came up with recommendations to fight childhood obesity and they consisted of 4 steps based on “the principle of least intervention.” This year, a group of scientists from the Center of Obesity Research and Education (CORE) proposed that the previous recommendations be expanded to 7 steps in order to achieve more significant improvement.
The new model also proceeds stepwise, each step is more intensive and drastic than the previous one.
The so-called Seven Steps to Success are
- Medical Management. Seeing your child’s pediatrician regularly will help provide you with feedback about progress and regular evaluations for potential health problems caused by excess weight (e.g., high blood pressure, liver problems, diabetes).
It is important to know that the model is based on one important assumption – that obesity among children is a family affair. For it to work, the participation and commitment of all family members is essential.
Another review study published earlier this year suggests that family-based lifestyle interventions that include diet modifications, physical exercise and behavior therapy programs were effective in helping overweight children to lose weight. Furthermore, this loss weight was could be sustained for 6 months in young children and up to one year in adolescents.
The CORE tool also recommended several organizations active in the fight against obesity.
Organizations active in education on obesity and proper nutrition:
Clinics for CBT:
Clinics experienced in bariatric surgery:
You can also download the full CORE tool at