Obesity best tackled in childhood

A Dutch randomised control trial compared the effects of a multidisciplinary approach and a standard approach to weight loss, where parents were given weight-loss advice by a paediatrician in 57 obese and overweight children aged 3–5 years.

The multidisciplinary intervention consisted of dietary advice, physical activity sessions and counselling for the parents.

The researchers found that children in the intervention group lost more weight than controls and the multidisciplinary approach had beneficial effects on the anthropometry and body