New programme to prevent childhood obesity

17 June 2015

A new programme has been developed to help engage communities with the growing problem of childhood obesity.

The team of researchers from British Columbia created a participatory action research SCOPE (Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement) programme to help address healthy body weight in children.

Its first phase has been carried out in communities across British Columbia and the findings are published in the journal Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

The programme promotes a 'Live 5-2-1-0' initiative, which encourages children to eat five fruits, have no more than two hours of screen time, play actively for at least an hour, and eat zero sugar-sweetened drinks every day.

Lead author of the study Dr Shazhan Amed said in order to address the issue of childhood obesity, researchers need to work in partnership with community stakeholders who influence the environments in which children live and play. 

Dr Amed added that it was critical that the importance of projects like SCOPE was recognised, but the time, effort, resources and funding that are required to generate a community-wide coordinated effort also needed to be appreciated.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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