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A group intervention for parents and children achieved greater weight loss in obese children than routine care

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M O Korppi

Dr M O Korppi, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland; matti.korppi@uti.fi

QUESTION

Is a group intervention for parents and children more effective than routine care for weight loss in obese school-age children?

METHODS

Design:

randomised controlled trial.

Allocation:

concealed.

Blinding:

unblinded.

Follow-up period:

6 months after the end of the intervention.

Setting:

schools and a university hospital paediatric outpatient clinic in Kuopio and area, Finland.

Patients:

families with an obese child 7–9 years of age (mean age 8 y, 60% girls) who attended school and had weight-for-height 120–200% (mean 142%, population mean 100%). Exclusion criteria included obesity because of disease or medication, movement disorder, mental disorder in child or parent, and family member participation in another weight management …

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