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Nutr Hosp. 2015 Jul 1;32(1):110-7. doi: 10.3305/nh.2015.32.1.9122.

[EFFECT OF A HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTION PROGRAM ON CHILHOOD OBESITY].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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1
Universidad del Bío-Bío. Grupo Investigación Calidad de Vida y Estilos de Vida Saludable, Departamento Ciencias de la Educación, Chillán, Chile.. xdiaz@ubiobio.cl.
2
Centro de Investigación en Nutrición Humana. Instituto de Medicina Celular & Instituto de Envejecimiento y Salud. Universidad de Newcastle, Newcastle uponTyne, Reino Unido.. xdiaz@ubiobio.cl.
3
Departamento de Educación Física. Facultad de Educación. Universidad de Concepción. Concepción, Bío-Bío. Chile.. xdiaz@ubiobio.cl.
4
Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Educación, España.. xdiaz@ubiobio.cl.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

BACKGROUND:

interventions aiming to develop healthy lifestyle behaviours at early age could be an effective way of reducing childhood obesity.

AIMS:

to evaluate the effect of a dietary and physical activity intervention on reducing childhood obesity.

METHODS:

312 students took part on this 5 month intervention study. The intervention included dietary talk delivered to children and their parents in addition to 45 minutes of daily physical activity modules. Nutritional status was assessed using the Obesity Task Force criteria. Changes in dietary behaviours and physical activity were assessed using questionnaires administrated to the parents.

RESULTS:

body mass index decreased significantly post intervention (-0.2 kg.m-2), however, this reduction was driven by boys (-0.3 kg.m-2). Similarly, waist circumference shows a significant reduction in boys (-0.4 cm) but not girls. Children with overweight or obesity shows greater reductions in obesity-related traits, which were related to changes in dietary and physical activity post interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

multidisciplinary interventions applied to children between 5 and 7 years old are effective on reducing body mass index and improving dietary and physical activity behaviours in overweight and obese children.

PMID:
26262704
DOI:
10.3305/nh.2015.32.1.9122
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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