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JAMA Pediatrics Clinical Evidence Synopsis
February 18, 2019

Behavior-Changing Interventions for Treating Overweight or Obesity in Children Aged 6 to 11 Years

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Sport & Exercise Science, Durham University, Durham, England
  • 2Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
  • 3School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(4):385-386. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5494

Clinical Question  How effective are diet, physical activity, and behavioral interventions in treating children aged 6 to 11 years with overweight or obesity?

Bottom Line  Multicomponent behavior-changing interventions may be beneficial in achieving small, short-term reductions in body mass index (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), body mass index z score, and weight in children aged 6 to 11 years. Adverse events, health-related quality of life, behavior change outcomes, and sociodemographics were poorly or inconsistently reported. Overall, the quality of the evidence was low or very low, with no evidence from lower-income countries.

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