Publication details for Professor Carolyn SummerbellOude Luttikhuis, H., Baur, L., Jansen, J., Shrewsbury, VA., O'Malley, C., Stolk, RP. & Summerbell, CD. (2009). Interventions for Treating Obesity in Children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1): CD001872.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 1464-780X
- DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001872.pub2
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Treating obesity in children
Childhood obesity affects both the physical and psychosocial health of children and may put them at risk of ill health as adults. More information is needed about the best way to treat obesity in children and adolescents. In this review, 64 studies were examined including 54 studies on lifestyle treatments (with a focus on diet, physical activity or behaviour change) and 10 studies on drug treatment to help overweight and obese children and their families with weight control. No surgical treatment studies were suitable to include in this review. This review showed that lifestyle programs can reduce the level of overweight in child and adolescent obesity 6 and 12 months after the beginning of the program. In moderate to severely obese adolescents, a reduction in overweight was found when either the drug orlistat, or the drug sibutramine were given in addition to a lifestyle program, although a range of adverse effects was also noted. Information on the long-term outcome of obesity treatment in children and adolescents was limited and needs to be examined in some high quality studies.