You are a health psychologist who needs to convince an overweight child to lose weight. This child is 11 years old and has low self-efficacy. She also has an approach-oriented style rather than an avoidance-oriented one (she’s more motivated by rewards than by punishments). She knows she’s overweight but doesn’t know what to do to get started.

Design a plan to 1) help her get started, and 2) help her maintain her behavior. Keep in mind her approach-oriented style and the fact that she has low self-efficacy. What kind of strategy would work best for her?

Assist an Obese Child