Obesity education in schools

There have been a number of obesity prevention schemes for children in schools. The reasonable premise is the young are receptive and they have a life ahead to be influenced
A Cochrane report found that in 27 intervention schemes success was meagre. Possibly because they were too short term
An intervention scheme in the South of England concentrated on carbonated drinks and health talks. The results were encouraging at 12 months. However at 3 years the benefit had disappeared. Suggesting that there can be no let up in the programme.
One third of the children were lost to follow up.
This is a life long project
James et al 2007 Preventing childhood obesity: two year follow-up results from the Christchurch obesity prevention programme in schools (CHOPPS) BMJ vol 335 pp 762-764

Martin Eastwood
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