Washington: Overweight children and their parents can shed extra pounds on their own, if they follow a self-help treatment program under the guidance of medical experts, according to a new study.Kerri Boutelle, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues enrolled 50 overweight or obese children between the ages of 8 and 12 and their family members in a low-intensity, 5-month long treatment for childhood obesity, measuring the effects on a child`s weight (measured as body mass index or BMI) immediately post-treatment and six months later.The researchers also evaluated whether the intervention promoted improvements in eating behavior and physical activity among children and parents. The results of the guided, self-help intervention program showed a significant decrease in BMI immediately after completing the 5-month treatment, losses that were maintained six months later.According to the UCSD researchers, such a program may be an improvement over current methods, especially because the program is designed to fit a busy family`s schedule.
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