Using a stepped-care approach to help severely obese children and young people
James Nobles PhD researcher, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, Yorkshire
Kath Sharman Managing director, SHINE Health Academy, Sheffield
Weight management is a game of chance for most children and young people, and is dependent on service availability and the expertise of the provider. Many localities are without established weight-management services, and the effectiveness of those provided is often not well-known.
SHINE (Self Help, Independence, Nutrition and Exercise) is the only documented tier 3 community-based service provider in the UK. It offers a plethora of interventions tailored to each child or young person using a stepped-care approach (SCA) to treat severe obesity: as the severity of obesity increases, so does the intensity of intervention.
This article describes an SCA and uses this model to demonstrate a range of appropriate, available interventions. A SCA can provide a holistic and integrative care pathway for children and young people with severe obesity when implemented at tier 3.
Primary Health Care. 26, 7, 32-38. doi: 10.7748/phc.2016.e1136Correspondence
This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 25 February 2016
Accepted: 14 March 2016