Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years (Cochrane Review)

West MidlandsGeneric Health Relevance, Metabolic and Endocrine
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014

Project summary

Obesity in children and adolescents has reached worryingly high levels globally, and can be associated with short and long term health consequences. As tackling obesity remains a public health priority, it is important to understand the effectiveness of different treatment approaches. The purpose of this review is investigate effectiveness of lifestyle interventions (diet, physical activity and behavioural approaches) for the treatment of overweight and obesity in children aged 12-17 years. This study showed that providing dietary advice on consumption of fruit and vegetables has some favourable effects on blood pressure (systolic blood pressure (SBP): mean difference (MD) -3.0 mmHg (95% confidence interval (CI) -4.92 to -1.09), diastolic blood pressure (DBP): MD -0.90 mmHg (95% CI -2.03 to 0.24)) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but analyses were based on only two trials.

Dr Lena Alkhudairy