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Changes in diet, behaviour, physical activity can cut child obesity

Making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour can reduce obesity in children and adolescents, according to two separate reviews.
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Making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour can reduce obesity in children and adolescents, according to two separate reviews

Making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour can reduce obesity in children and adolescents, two separate reviews suggest.

Researchers who summarised the results of 114 studies involving 13,000 children and young people found that a combination of interventions may reduce weight in children aged 6 to 11 and adolescents aged 12 to 14.

The childhood review looked at evidence from 70 studies conducted in over 8,000 children aged 6-11 from Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

Evidence

The review of adolescents found 44 completed studies including just under 5,000 young people who were overweight or obese aged 12-17.

Most studies compared

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Making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour can reduce obesity in children and adolescents, according to two separate reviews

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Behaviour-changing interventions can help treat children
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Making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour can reduce obesity in children and adolescents, two separate reviews suggest.

Researchers who summarised the results of 114 studies involving 13,000 children and young people found that a combination of interventions may reduce weight in children aged 6 to 11 and adolescents aged 12 to 14.

The childhood review looked at evidence from 70 studies conducted in over 8,000 children aged 6-11 from Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

Evidence

The review of adolescents found 44 completed studies including just under 5,000 young people who were overweight or obese aged 12-17.

Most studies compared behaviour-changing interventions with no treatment.

Emma Mead, who led the review of children aged 6-11 as part of her PhD at the Teesside University School of Health and Social Care, said the reviews are important because they provide the most up-to-date evidence to show that behaviour-changing interventions can help treat children who are overweight or obese.


Mead E et al (2017) Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese children from the age of 6 to 11 years. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017. Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012651. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012651.pub1

Al-Khudairy L et al (2017) Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017. Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012691. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012691.pub1

 

 

 

 

 

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