Pediatric Weight Management

PWM: Prescribed Diet Plan and Nutrition Education (2006)

Pediatric Weight Management: Prescribed Diet Plan and Nutrition Education

Pediatric obesity treatment programs use different methods for altering dietary behaviors:

  • Some programs develop prescribed diet plans (recommendations specific to the age, height, gender, etc.) for each child or adolescent. We use the term "prescribed diet plan" to designate this approach.
  • Some programs provide the child or adolescent (and sometimes their families) with more general nutrition information without explicitly individualizing each participant’s daily dietary pattern. Se use the term "Nutrition Education" to indicate this approach.
  • Most programs we reviewed combine the above approaches

What contributions do each of these approaches make to the outcomes of multicomponent pediatric obesity treatment programs?