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Q Does a school based educational programme aimed at reducing consumption of carbonated drinks prevent excessive weight gain in children?
cluster randomised controlled trial.
unclear allocation concealment.
Follow up period:
6 junior schools in the UK.
644 children 7–11 years of age (mean age 9 y, 50% boys) in 29 classes. Each class formed a cluster.
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 …
For correspondence: Ms J James, Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset, UK.
Sources of funding: GlaxoSmithKline; Aventis; and Pfizer.