Overweight children

Obesity is a growing problem in the pediatric population. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine revealed that family-based treatment produced long-term benefits in weight reduction of children. Children in a group who were taught new eating and exercise patterns, and behavioral skills were lighter in weight than a control group after ten years of follow-up. The treatment program involved a low-fat diet and a regular exercise program. (Journal of the American Medical Association 264(19)2519-2523, November 21, 1990)

Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

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