Discussion post – childhood obesity

Discussion Post – Childhood Obesity

Based on this week’s articles on effective behavior change techniques in the prevention and management of childhood obesity, explain some of the practices that will enhance good health. Frame your answer around a major illness, such as juvenile diabetes, and thoroughly examine:

  • How this physical ailment could translate differently across gender
  • The vital role of the sleep cycle and the importance of physical activity in adolescents
  • How the void of adapting healthy practices could prove to have catastrophic consequences in adulthood
  • Stress management and its impact on health
  • The downfalls of inaccessibility for those who reside in geographically confining locations

After you have thoroughly examined the illness, suggest best practices from a health and child psychology perspective that could be beneficial to children and adolescents dealing with the illness you chose and support your explanation with evidence-based practices. 


Burns, J. S., M.D., Sadof, M. M., & Kamat, Depak,M.D., PhD. (2006). The adolescent with a  chronic illness. Pediatric Annals, 35(3), 206-10, 214-6. Retrieved from  http://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.proquest.com%2Fdocview %2F217551708%3Faccountid%3D3783


DE Hert, M., Correll, C. U.,   Bobes, J., Cetkovich-Bakmas, M., Cohen, D., Asai, I., Detraux, J.,  Gautam, S., Möller, H. J., Ndetei, D. M.,   Newcomer, J. W., Uwakwe, R., … Leucht, S.  (2011).   Physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders. I. Prevalence,   impact of  medications and   disparities in health care. World psychiatry : official journal of the  World Psychiatric Association (WPA),   10(1), 52-77. Retrieved from


Martin, J., Chater, A., & Lorencatto, F. (2013). Effective behaviour change techniques in the  prevention and management of childhood obesity. International Journal of Obesity,  37(10), 1287-94. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.snhu.edu/10.1038/ijo.2013.107