Effective weight loss for overweight children: a meta-analysis of intervention studies

Journal Article

Childhood overweight has increased in the United States. Success of weight-loss programs has been limited (Barlow, S.E., & Dietz, W.H. (1998). Obesity evaluation and treatment: Expert committee recomendations. Pediatrics, 102, e29.). The purpose of this investigation was to systematically examine the effectiveness of weight-loss interventions for children. For this meta-analysis, seven weight-loss intervention studies were coded and quality index scores calculated. The interventions had a significant positive effect on weight-loss average d = 0.95, with a 95% confidence interval of 0.79 to 1.11. Limited interventional studies with effective long-term maintenance of weight loss in children are available in the literature. However, there are effective methods for weight loss in children.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Snethen, JA; Broome, ME; Cashin, SE

Published Date

  • 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 /

Start / End Page

  • 45 - 56

PubMed ID

  • 16428013

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-5963

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedn.2005.06.006