Weight Management Program Benefits Overweight Children
A family-based program for weight management in pediatric obesity promotes sustained improvements in BMI and insulin resistance, according to a JAMA report.
Researchers compared the Bright Bodies weight management program with usual care in some 175 overweight children aged 8 through 16 who were attending a pediatric obesity clinic. Children in the intervention group, along with their adult caregiver, attended exercise classes twice a week for the first 6 months, and then biweekly for another 6 months. (They also attended behavior modification sessions, although less frequently.) Children in the usual-care group, also accompanied by a caregiver, received diet and exercise counseling at 6-month intervals.
At 6 and 12 months, changes in body weight, BMI, percentage of body fat, total cholesterol, and insulin resistance all significantly favored the intervention group.
The authors attribute the program’s success, in part, to the frequency of contact between families and staff, but they caution that “the expense incurred in operating such a program is substantial.”