Topic 1 Introduction

Eating- and weight-related difficulties are characterized by maladaptive daily dietary patterns, involving distorted cognitions and problematic behavior cycles.

A comprehensive approach is demanded to achieve a successful modification of dietary and other lifestyle habits addressing children/adolescents and their parents.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) emphasizes the process of changing habits and attitudes that maintain psychological disorders. Given this focus, CBT is an appropriate treatment approach for abnormal weight status at different life stages.

Restructuring unhealthy patterns, youth is to be better positioned to lead healthier lives.