‘Shared care’ no answer to child obesity

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

The study, conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, followed 107 children aged 3–11 years with a BMI in the top 5% for their age group.

The 56 participants in the intervention group initially saw a specialist and dietitian at a weight management clinic and were given an agreed care plan that included dietary, physical activity and family lifestyle changes.

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