09 Aug Parenting Educational Intervention Can Reduce Childhood Obesity
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Ian M. Paul, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Academic General Pediatrics
Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: 20-25% of 2-5 year old children are overweight or obese in the US, and these children have increased risk of remaining overweight across the lifecourse. To date, research efforts aimed at preventing early life overweight have had very limited success.
In our randomized clinical trial that included 279 mother-child dyads, a responsive parenting intervention that began shortly after birth significantly reduced body mass index z-score compared with controls at age 3 years.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Parents can be equipped with strategies that promote healthy weight for their children during their child’s first years. These strategies may have a long-term impact on their child’s health.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Testing the intervention in higher-risk groups and in more diverse settings. We also aim to follow the children for a longer period of time (currently funded to follow them until age 9).
Paul IM, Savage JS, Anzman-Frasca S, et al. Effect of a Responsive Parenting Educational Intervention on Childhood Weight Outcomes at 3 Years of AgeThe INSIGHT Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA.2018;320(5):461–468. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9432
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