Myoungock J. & Whittemore, (2015). The Family Management Style Framework for Families of Children with Obesity. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing 19(1), p5-14. 10p.

In their article, “The Family Management Style Framework for Families of Children with Obesity,” Myoungock & Whittemore present the Family Management Style Framework (FMSF) as the context for understanding childhood obesity as a major health concern. The FMSF approach is found to be an important platform for applying the family setting as a reliable method to achieve the prevention and management of childhood obesity. More specifically, the Family Management Style Framework was developed for families with children who suffer from chronic conditions to identify the key attributes and enable families to share their experiences in managing the conditions.

       The article presents data from the United states where 31.8 % of children aged 2 to 19 years are overweight, and the group is at great risk of developing major health problems in the course of their life. Empirical literature theory analysis and synthesis are used in the study to examine different families’ experiences with childhood obesity. The family framework is adopted as one of the prevention and management international initiatives to address childhood obesity. The framework is aimed at preventing normal weight children from becoming obese, as well as helping obese children lose weight. The family-focused approach to the prevention and management of overweight incidences among children is found to have an indeed promising outcome.

       Therefore, in the context of assessing childhood obesity, the current article is found quite useful since it presents a viable approach for dealing with childhood obesity form a family perspective. Research shows that the prevalence of obesity among children remains high. In this context, family framework incorporates aspects such as parental role modeling behaviors, parental knowledge of healthy eating habits, parental feeding practices and support, aspects which are closely linked to children’s weight status and the establishment of healthy lifestyles.