Parents looking to
improve the health and lower the weight of their children have been told the
most effective way of producing results is to set a good example.
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of
Medicine and The University of Minnesota found that a parent's weight change is
a significant causative factor in the success of childhood obesity treatment.
"The number one way in which parents can help an obese child lose weight?
Lose weight themselves. In this study, it was the most important predictor of
child weight loss," said Kerri Boutelle, who worked on the research.
According to the Department of Health, in the UK, ten per cent of two to
ten-year-olds are considered obese, while nearly one-quarter of adults are.
The team believes that the findings could change the emphasis of obesity treatment
and emphasis the
importance of a family-based approach to losing weight.
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Obesity surgery news : 17 March 2012