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Obes Res. 2001 Mar;9(3):171-8.

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake and decreasing fat and sugar intake in families at risk for childhood obesity.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14214-3000, USA. lhenet@acsu.buffalo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of a parent-focused behavioral intervention on parent and child eating changes and on percentage of overweight changes in families that contain at least one obese parent and a non-obese child.

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

Families with obese parents and non-obese children were randomized to groups in which parents were provided a comprehensive behavioral weight-control program and were encouraged to increase fruit and vegetable intake or decrease intake of high-fat/high-sugar foods. Child materials targeted the same dietary changes as their parents without caloric restriction.

RESULTS:

Changes over 1 year showed that treatment influenced targeted parent and child fruit and vegetable intake and high-fat/high-sugar intake, with the Increase Fruit and Vegetable group also decreasing their consumption of high-fat/high-sugar foods. Parents in the increased fruit and vegetable group showed significantly greater decreases in percentage of overweight than parents in the decreased high-fat/high-sugar group.

DISCUSSION:

These results suggest that focusing on increasing intake of healthy foods may be a useful approach for nutritional change in obese parents and their children.

PMID:
11323442
DOI:
10.1038/oby.2001.18
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