Could clinic-based intervention cut childhood obesity?

17 September 2012

A clinic-based intervention could potentially help cut childhood obesity, according to a new study,

In a piece of research published in the journal Pediatrics, scientists conducted a six-month long weight loss and management programme for 155 children and their parents or guardians.

CORE director Gary Foster commented: "We've known for decades that there are effective treatments for childhood obesity, but they are labour-intensive, expensive and not very accessible."

"We were interested in seeing if a clinic-based program could be diluted and implemented in the community."

During the sessions, children were advised on how best to limit unhealthy snacks like cookies, candy, sugary drinks and fried foods, and families were given specific goals around eating, activity and tracking progress.

At the beginning of the study, 92 per cent of the children were above the 99th percentile, which, according to Mr Foster "basically means you're off the charts".

After six months, researchers found that eight per cent fewer children were at or above the 99th percentile, while ten per cent fewer were in the obese category at all.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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