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J Pediatr Health Care. 2003 Jan-Feb;17(1):11-7.

The obese child: motivation as a tool for exercise.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 89154, USA.


The purpose of this article is to describe the importance of motivation in enhancing the participation of obese children in exercise activities. Recognizing the different influence that are important determinants of exercise behavior in children may help pediatric nurse practitioners play a significant role in advising parents and others of the need to offer positive, constructive, and immediate feedback without being evaluative, critical, or demanding. By addressing the problems of obesity and low fitness levels early in the child's life, a significant step can be taken toward reversing the negative trends of this unhealthy and potentially dangerous condition.

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