The rising prevalence of obesity is a growing concern worldwide and has important negative health consequences. Preventing obesity at a young age is vital in tackling this problem as obesity in childhood leads to obesity in adulthood. Researchers in Spain have conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial involving 38 schools to evaluate the effects of a primary-school-based program promoting healthy lifestyle. Delivered by trained university students acting as ‘health promoting agents’, the 28 month programme reduced the prevalence of obesity in boys by 4.39 percent.
This suggests that primary-school based interventions may play a useful role in combating increasing obesity rates.
Written by Stephanie Harriman, Deputy Medical Editor for BioMed Central.
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