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Interventions including diet and physical activity shown to be effective in preventing obesity in children: a Cochrane review
  1. Rakhee Shah1,
  2. Ronny Cheung2
  1. 1 Community Paediatric Department, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust, London, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of General Paediatrics, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rakhee Shah, Community Paediatric Department, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust, London SW10 9NH, UK; shah.rakhee87{at}

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Review ofBrown T, Moore TH, Hooper L, et al. Interventions for preventing obesity in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2019 Jul 23;(7).

Study question: Are interventions that are designed to prevent being overweight or obese in childhood that include diet, or physical activity components, or both, effective in reducing BMI or zBMI?

Design: Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) looking at interventions to prevent overweight and obesity in children (0–17 years).

Data source: The following databases were searched; CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, PsychINFO and CINAHL in June 2015. Searches ran from June 2015 to January 2018

Study inclusion criteria: RCTs of diet or physical activity interventions, or combined diet and physical activity interventions, for preventing overweight or obesity in children (0–17 years) that reported outcomes (BMI and zBMI—a measure of BMI adjusted for age and sex) at a minimum of 12 weeks from baseline. The studies …

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  • Contributors RS and RC contributed towards planning, writing and editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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