Course Summary

Practice Level: Advanced

One in every six children, and more in some ethnic groups, are obese, which can lead to serious health problems in adulthood. Successful treatment of young patients is complex, requiring time-intensive, evidence-based care delivered by a multidisciplinary team. This course gives health professionals a clear overview of the current scientific knowledge on childhood obesity, from causality models and diagnosis to prevention and treatment. In particular, the authors outline a family-based treatment method which is best supported by the evidence and meets the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations. The appendix provides the clinician with hands-on tools: a session plan, a pretreatment assessment form, self-monitoring forms, and a meal planning and physical activity worksheet.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Define childhood obesity
  • Explain BMI
  • Discuss family influences on weight
  • Describe Family Based Treatment

Course Syllabus

  • Description of Childhood Obesity
  • Theories and Models of Childhood Obesity
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Indications of Childhood Obesity
  • Treatment of Childhood Obesity


Denise E. Wilfley, PhD

Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, is the Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Director of the Weight Management and Eating Disorders Program at Washington University School of Medicine. She has dedicated her career to researching the etiology, prevention, and treatment of obesity and eating disorders in children and adults, and to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices into clinical settings.

John R. Best, PhD

John R. Best, PhD, is a research associate within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. With a background in developmental psychology, he studies lifestyle behaviors that promote cognitive and brain health across the lifespan, as well as the cognitive, neural, and environmental factors that contribute to healthy choice behavior.

Jodi Cahill Holland, PhD, RD

Jodi Cahill Holland, PhD, RD, is a registered dietitian. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine conducting research in the field of childhood obesity, she relocated to Texas where she is happily applying her knowledge to the raising of her two young children.

Dorothy J. Van Buren

Dorothy J. Van Buren, PhD, recently retired from the position of Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. For the past 27 years she has served as a clinical psychologist, supervisor, and researcher in the field of childhood obesity and disordered eating.

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