Long-term efficacy of group-based treatment for childhood obesity compared with routinely given individual counselling

Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Apr;35(4):530-3. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2011.1. Epub 2011 Feb 1.


Objective: We investigated the long-term efficacy of two childhood obesity treatment programs, routine counselling (two appointments for children) and group treatment (15 sessions separately for children and parents) in a randomised controlled trial. As published earlier, group treatment was more effective than routine counselling in the treatment of 7-9 year-old obese children in the short term.

Design: The children's heights and weights were measured 2 and 3 years after the beginning of the intervention and changes in weight for height, body mass index (BMI) and BMI standard deviation scores were used as outcome measures.

Results: There were no significant differences between the treatment arms in the changes of outcome measures from baseline to 2- or 3-years follow-up visits.

Conclusion: In conclusion, novel efforts are needed for the improvement of the long-term results of childhood obesity treatment programs.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Counseling / methods
  • Counseling / standards*
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care