Childhood Obesity: Family Plan Helps
Overweight Children May Benefit When Families Learn Together About Weight Control
Effort Pays Off continued...
During the study, the kids in the Bright Bodies program shed 1.7 points off
their average BMI. They also lost about 8 pounds of body fat and improved their
sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar.
The results suggest that those children had lowered their risk of developing
type 2 diabetes.
In contrast, kids in the comparison group added 1 point to their BMI and
gained some 12 pounds of body fat. Five children in the group also developed
insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
If children in the comparison group had seen their doctors more often, they
might have shown more improvement, Savoye notes.
The study didn't show much change in the children's blood pressure or levels
of "good" or "bad" cholesterol. Those levels were "close to
normal" to begin with, Savoye says, so the researchers didn't expect big
changes in those measurements during the study.
The Bright Bodies program is ongoing in New Haven, Conn. Savoye is working
with colleagues on guidelines for setting up programs similar to Bright