Are exercise referral schemes an effective approach to the treatment of childhood obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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The results from a systematic review and meta-analysis study noted that exercise referral schemes have not been proven as an effective means of increasing physical activity or reducing depression in sedentary individuals when compared with usual care. Further studies are needed to assess the effect on health-related outcomes. [36] However, the results from a 2012 study suggest that low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have also been associated with elevated depressive symptoms in obese adolescents. [5]


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