Obesity tackled through parent intervention

Nutrition experts recruited parents of 480 infants and randomised them to either six two-hour sessions with a dietitian who discussed the implications of infant feeding, diet, physical activity and television viewing, or to receive usual care and newsletters with themes unrelated to obesity.

The children in the intervention group, whose average age was 19 months at study completion, were found to consume fewer sweet snacks, drink fewer ‘non-core’ drinks and watch less TV than controls.