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October 2004


The prevalence of childhood and adolescent obesity has increased steadily over the past three decades such that obesity is now a major worldwide pediatric health risk factor. Pediatric obesity is associated with significant health problems, and is an important early risk factor for adult morbidity and mortality. This paper focuses on the role and components of optimal healing environments (OHEs) that may be useful in the management of childhood obesity: healing intention, healing relationships, health promotion and disease prevention, and healing spaces. Diet, physical activity, and behavior modification strategies used in the treatment of childhood obesity are also reviewed.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2004 in Volume 10, Supplement 1. Find the published version of this article at this link.
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