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Lifestyle interventions first step in treating childhood obesity


Obese children should be targeted with lifestyle interventions, such as a focus on improving diet and exercise, before the use of drugs or surgery are considered.

The paper, published online by the Lancet, was written by doctors and academics from the UK and the US.

The data suggests that 90 per cent of cases of childhood obesity can be attributed to an imbalance between calories consumed and used.


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  • In all cases drugs or surgery should be the last resort. Most cases of obesity for any age or an imbalance between energy in and energy out, unfortunately the obesogenic environment facilitates weight gain.

    Children and family public health nurses, (HVs and School Nurses) should be appropriately updated and given the resources to intervene for individuals and groups.

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  • brick wall, head and banging springs to mind.

    Childhood obesity is a symptom of changing social attitudes....the computer generation, access to fast food, less games played in school PE,

    Public Health and school nurses are powerless to address these issues....if they could figures would be dropping but the incidence of obesity goes up year on year. Nothing can stop this and nothing will...just look at the USA. The most technically advanced society on the planet and the fatest..........."more fries with that burger buddy!"

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  • I prescribe human hamster wheels in front of vending machines.

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