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ERIC Number: ED510695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What Works for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity among Children: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions. Fact Sheet. Publication #2010-07
Hadley, Alena M.; Hair, Elizabeth C.; Dreisbach, Nicole
Child Trends
Childhood obesity has become a major health problem. Approximately 17 percent of U.S. children six to 17 years of age are obese--that is, their sex-and-age-specific Body Mass Index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile. This proportion is two-and-a-half times higher than it was 25 years ago. Obesity during childhood often carries into adulthood, when it is associated with a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and premature death. This fact sheet synthesizes the findings from multiple studies that implemented random assignment experimental evaluations to examine the impacts of various intervention strategies on child obesity outcomes. To identify programs that work and isolate the components of programs that contribute to success, the authors have synthesized findings from the Child Trends database of experimental intent-to-treat evaluations of social interventions for children and youth--LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully). All of the reviewed programs targeted child, adolescent, and/or youth samples--ranging from one to 19 years of age--and measured a combination of nutrition, physical activity, and/or weight loss outcomes. (Contains 1 table, 1 footnote, and 26 endnotes.) [Additional support for this fact sheet was provided by The Stewart Trust.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends