The Impact of Middle-High School Counseling Programs on Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a major health concern in the United States. Thus far, several interventions to address the obesity rate in schools have centered on healthy changes to the contents of school lunches and to the contents of vending machines. Alternative interventions incorporate the addition of after-school activities to extend physical activity. Deficient from the professional literature are analysis and application suggestions detailing ways in which licensed school counselors can manage childhood obesity in middle through high school settings. The purpose of this paper is to explore interventions that school counselors can employ to address this epidemic with their pre-adolescent and adolescent students.
Keywords: childhood obesity, school counseling, interventions, professional literature

Robert S. Erlich
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