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A school based programme to reduce carbonated drink consumption reduced obesity in children

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Q Does a school based educational programme aimed at reducing consumption of carbonated drinks prevent excessive weight gain in children?


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cluster randomised controlled trial.

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unclear allocation concealment.

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1 year.

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6 junior schools in the UK.

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644 children 7–11 years of age (mean age 9 y, 50% boys) in 29 classes. Each class formed a cluster.

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school based educational programme (intervention) (15 clusters, n = 325) or no intervention (14 clusters, n = 319). The intervention comprised four 1 hour sessions (1 each term) that …

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  • For correspondence: Ms J James, Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset, UK.

  • Sources of funding: GlaxoSmithKline; Aventis; and Pfizer.