Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Losing A Few Pounds Helps Very Obese Kids' Health

“The bad news: Not all the benefits of a family weight management program for severely obese kids last longer than six months, according to a new study. The good news: As long as kids keep some of the weight off, they still see health benefits for longer than six months. ‘Modest weight loss is associated with real health benefits. That's the take-home message, it's worth doing,’ Dr. Marsha D. Marcus of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the authors of the study, told Reuters Health. Programs that focus on families with the goal of promoting healthier eating habits and more physical activity have been shown to help obese children lose weight, Marcus and her team write in the journal Pediatrics. While this weight loss is typically ‘modest’-from 5 to 20 percent of excess body weight-studies have shown that losing even a few pounds can improve health in overweight and obese children and adults...

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