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Randomised controlled trial
Sustained reduction in body mass index and other cardiovascular risk markers a year after a 12-month intensive family-based lifestyle intervention for obese children; but follow-up of participants low
  1. Danielle Hollar
  1. Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, Miami, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Danielle Hollar
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 881 NE 72nd Terrace, Miami, FL 33138, USA; daniellehollar{at}gmail.com

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The prevalence of childhood obesity continues to rise, especially among ethnic minorities and low-income subgroups.1 Overweight children more often suffer physical health consequences, have lower self-esteem, higher rates of anxiety disorders and more depression than normal-weight counterparts.2,,5 Though less well understood, evidence suggests an association between improvements in weight measures and better academic performance.6 Recommendations for assessment/treatment of childhood obesity call for clinicians to be at the centre of obesity efforts.7 8

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Savoye et al conducted a clinician-led, weight-management intervention whereby ethnic, obese children (body mass index (BMI) >95th percentile) …

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