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Family-based Childhood Obesity Interventions in the UK: a Systematic Review of Published Studies.

Upton, Penney, Taylor, Charlotte, Erol, Rosie ORCID: and Upton, Dominic (2014) Family-based Childhood Obesity Interventions in the UK: a Systematic Review of Published Studies. Community Practitioner, 87 (5). pp. 25-29. ISSN 1462-2815

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Family-based programmes that emphasise lifestyle and behaviour change using psychological principles have been shown to be effective in targeting childhood obesity. While there is some evidence that evaluates UK family-based obesity interventions at a local level, no review to date has addressed this nationally. This review presents the available evidence from UK family-based childhood obesity interventions. Ten articles that met the inclusion criteria were included for review. The majority of programmes reviewed lasted 12 weeks, with only three studies providing follow-up data at 12 months or longer. Change in adiposity may be a short-term benefit of participation in a child weight management programme, but there is insufficient robust evidence to indicate that this benefit is long lasting and many studies were methodologically weak with limited internal validity. There is insufficient evidence to suggest how the inclusion of parents and the wider family may impact on the effectiveness of UK community based weight management programme for children and young people.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: child, community, family, obesity, interventions, weight-management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 14:45
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 04:00

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