The principles of the health belief model

Case: A family brings their 10-year-old to the pediatrician for a well-child visit. The pediatrician is concerned about the child’s weight and sits down to discuss this with the family. The child is overweight with high blood pressure for his age. The pediatrician prescribes a low-fat diet and makes some dietary suggestions for increases in physical activity. When they return in 6 months, there are no changes made to the child’s weight, eating habits, and physical activity.

Prompt: Use the principles of the health belief model to argue what may have been some barriers to following provider recommendations in the selected case. Then provide some strategies to facilitate health promotional and illness prevention practices in the select case.

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