In 2006, the Ministry of Health Services, through ActNow BC, provided funding to BC Children’s Hospital to implement the Shapedown program*, a multidisciplinary, family-based assessment and treatment model for pediatric obesity.
It has provided the template for Shapedown BC — the adaption of the original model to Canadian nutrition and physical activity recommendations as well as to current medical and psychological screening standards.
This approach has been the principle intervention used at BC Children’s Hospital to address childhood and adolescent obesity. However, a number of referrals have required some modification of the Shapedown BC model in order to accommodate the complexity of behaviours and/or cognitive skills as well as the need for enhanced support for behaviour change. The range of services is growing in response to patient needs and is best captured under the umbrella of the Centre for Healthy Weights – BC.
*Shapedown was first developed at the School of Medicine at the University of California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The approach demonstrated promising results for change in nutrition and activity for the both the individual and the family as a whole, while addressing the underlying factors that often promote poor food choices and physical inactivity.
To provide a gold standard of care in the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity in B.C.
To establish a seamless assessment, referral and treatment model for children dealing with excess weight in British Columbia.
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Updates In-Progress: March 2013