Sumary of AHA News: Family-Based Programs Targeting Childhood Obesity Can Be Good for Parents, Too:
- 17, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Family-based programs to encourage healthier eating and physical activity have long been regarded as an effective way to put children diagnosed as overweight or with obesity on a path to a better future.
- “It is known that parental involvement favorably affects children’s weight management,” said the study’s lead researcher Nirupa Matthan, a scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.
- The analysis drew on data from a clinical trial of several hundred children in the Bronx who participated in a one-year weight management program with a combination of doctor’s care, nutrition education, group support sessions and physical activity strategies involving both the child and their parent.
- Matthan and colleagues have previously reported that children participating in the comprehensive family-based program adopted healthier eating patterns and modestly improved their body weight and some other health measures.
- The analysis didn’t just include weight and body mass index before and after the year-long program.
- In all three groups, she said, the parents’ results mirrored their children’s, particularly in the group that showed the most improvement.
- “It’s one of the first to look at parent-child relationships specifically focusing on cardiometabolic risk factors and studying it as a family relationship in response to treatment,” said Faith, who was not involved in the research.
- eating new, healthy foods with children and showing you enjoy the food;