‘Shared care’ approach no solution to child obesity

The ‘best of both worlds’ intervention did not improve children’s BMI relative to a control group, who received no specific treatment.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute study followed 107 children aged 3–10 years with a BMI in the top 5% for their age group.

The 56 participants in the intervention group initially saw a paediatrician and dietitian at a weight management clinic and were given an agreed plan that included dietary, physical activity and family lifestyle changes. They were then instructed to see their GP