Are child obesity prevention programs effective?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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A Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews study notes that child obesity prevention programs implemented in the health, education and care systems and targeted to children aged 6-12 years may have a positive effect on BMI. [51]

A recent European Youth Heart Study confirms that improving fitness habits in children correlates with a lower incidence of obesity in adolescence. [15]

For patient education information, see Diabetes Center, Cholesterol Center, as well as Diabetes, Lowering High Cholesterol in Children, Obesity, Obesity in Children, Weight Loss and Control, and Gallstones.


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