Research brief: Weight management outdoes weight counselling

Children who participated in a family-based weight-management programme had better outcomes for weight gain, body fat, BMI and insulin sensitivity compared with children who received traditional weight counselling in a clinic. The US study included 209 overweight children aged 8 to 16. Participants who received clinic counselling averaged a BMI increase of 1.6 compared to a 1.7 decrease in the family management group (JAMA 2007; 297: 2,697-704).

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