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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}

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


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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