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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 Children from the Age of 6 to 11 Years

Description of Resource: 
Child and adolescent overweight and obesity has increased globally and can be associated with significant 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 children ages 6 to 11. It identified 70 randomized controlled trials with a total of 8,461 participants. It found that multicomponent interventions that incorporate diet, physical activity, and behavior change may be beneficial in achieving small, short-term reductions in body mass index (BMI). Further research is required of behavior-changing interventions in children from different ethnic groups and children in lower-income countries, as well as on the impact of behavior-changing interventions on health-related quality of life and comorbidities. There is a need for longer-term follow-up and further research on the most appropriate forms of post-intervention maintenance in order to ensure intervention benefits are sustainable.

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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
Mead E, Brown T, Rees K, Azevedo LB, Whittaker V, Jones D, et al. Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese children from the age of 6 to 11 years. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2018 Mar 30];(6). Art. No.: CD012651. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012651. Available from: