Effective weight loss for overweight children: A meta-analysis of intervention studies

Julia A. Snethen, Marion E. Broome, Susan E. Cashin

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Childhood overweight has increased in the United States. Success of weight-loss programs has been limited (Barlow, S.E., & Dietz, W.H. (1998). Obesity evaluation and treatment: Expert committee recomendations. Pediatrics, 102, e29.). The purpose of this investigation was to systematically examine the effectiveness of weight-loss interventions for children. For this meta-analysis, seven weight-loss intervention studies were coded and quality index scores calculated. The interventions had a significant positive effect on weight-loss average d = 0.95, with a 95% confidence interval of 0.79 to 1.11. Limited interventional studies with effective long-term maintenance of weight loss in children are available in the literature. However, there are effective methods for weight loss in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

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Meta-Analysis
Weight Loss
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Effective weight loss for overweight children : A meta-analysis of intervention studies. / Snethen, Julia A.; Broome, Marion E.; Cashin, Susan E.

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Snethen, Julia A. ; Broome, Marion E. ; Cashin, Susan E. / Effective weight loss for overweight children : A meta-analysis of intervention studies. In: Journal of pediatric nursing. 2006 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 45-56.
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