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Pediatr Obes. 2017 Jun;12(3):247-256. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12135. Epub 2016 Apr 13.

Multifaceted community-based intervention reduces rate of BMI growth in obese Mexican-origin boys.

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1
UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, Sacramento, CA, USA.
2
Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
3
Foods for Health Institute, Food Science & Technology Department, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
4
Center for Transnational Health, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Latino children and youth have some of the highest rates of overweight and obesity. Early intervention is important to prevent future obesity and illness in this population.

METHODS:

A 3-year, multifaceted intervention was designed to reduce the rate of growth of body mass index (BMI) among Mexican-origin children. Two communities in California's agricultural Central Valley were targeted for intervention and comparison. To assess impact, anthropometric measures of participating children (N = 422) were collected and analysed at baseline and after 1 year of intervention.

RESULTS:

After 1 year of intervention, triceps skin-fold thickness in girls showed a significant decrease in unadjusted analysis between children in the two communities. In multivariate analysis, a reduction in BMI growth was seen among obese boys in the intervention community (ß-coefficient = -1.94, P = 0.05). Obese boys in the intervention community also had a smaller increase in waist circumference (ß-coefficient = -5.2, P = 0.04) than the comparison community.

CONCLUSIONS:

These early findings indicate the intervention's effectiveness for preventing BMI growth among obese boys. Longitudinal follow-up is needed to determine the sustainability of results and whether similar results extend to obese girls and overweight boys or girls.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood obesity; Mexican-origin communities; multifaceted community-based intervention; rural area communities

PMID:
27071684
DOI:
10.1111/ijpo.12135
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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