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Family intervention focused on effective parenting is associated with decreased child obesity prevalence 3–5 years later
  1. Joseph Arnold Skelton
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Joseph Arnold Skelton
    Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA; jskelton{at}wakehealth.edu

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Context

The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that interventions promoting effective parenting in early childhood influence development of obesity.

Methods

Brotman and colleagues report on the long-term follow-up of two randomised controlled trials of parenting interventions. Weight and obesity were not an initial focus of the studies, so the authors used video archives and a validated rating system to account for missing baseline and early follow-up weight data. Children (N=186) aged 3–5 years considered to be at high risk for behaviour problems (poor, racial/ethnic minority, pre-existing or family history of behaviour problems) were assigned to either the intervention group (weekly parenting groups for 6 months) or the …

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