The local implementation of a chronic disease management model for childhood overweight and obesity

Willy J Brink-Melis, Elze R E Derksen, Marjan J Westerman, Carry M Renders, Jacob C Seidell, Tommy L S Visscher

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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to determine opportunities and barriers regarding the management of overweight and obese children in daily practice, and to show the value of using focus groups when developing an action plan for childhood overweight management in a local context.

METHODS: Seven focus groups and four semi-structured interviews were conducted with 29 professionals from nine different care disciplines and 7 parents of overweight and obese children aged 4-19 years.

RESULTS: After thorough analysis of the focus groups, issues concerning finding the most appropriate care and realising a long-term weight management in daily practice have become clear. Some examples of these issues are: lack of awareness, reluctance to discuss and refer, mutual cooperation, contradictory advice and expectations of treatment and lack of effective support strategies.

CONCLUSION: Focus groups deliver important information on local issues that are important for the development and implementation of a childhood overweight management action plan. And, besides delivering necessary information, focus groups lead to an increased awareness and willingness to improve childhood overweight management in a local context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-75
Number of pages10
JournalObesity Facts
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Adolescent
  • Awareness
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Disease Management
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Models, Biological
  • Motivation
  • Netherlands
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Program Development
  • Psychology, Child
  • Young Adult
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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