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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Diet, Physical Activity, and Behavioral Interventions for the Treatment of Overweight or Obese Adolescents Aged 12 to 17 Years

Description of Resource: 
Adolescent overweight and obesity has increased globally and can be associated with short- and long-term health consequences. This systematic review aimed to assess the effects of diet, physical activity, and behavioral interventions for the treatment of overweight or obesity in adolescents ages 12 to 17. It identified 44 randomized controlled trials. It found low-quality evidence that multidisciplinary interventions involving a combination of diet, physical activity, and behavioral components reduce measures of body mass index (BMI) and moderate quality evidence that they reduce weight in adolescents with overweight or obesity. This evidence should be interpreted with caution, and this systematic review will be updated to include results from a large number of ongoing trials.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Nutrition and Weight Status
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Al-Khudairy L, Loveman E, Colquitt JL, Mead E, Johnson RE, Fraser H, et al. Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2018 Mar 30];(6). Art. No.: CD012691. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012691. Available from: