Washington, August 13 (ANI): Growing public awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic is contributing to overall reductions in body mass index (BMI), a measure of obesity in children, a new research has found.
The study tested the effects of a public health intervention strategy for lowering BMI among middle school students.
Half of the schools participating underwent no changes (the control group), while the other half (the intervention group) instituted changes in their nutritional and physical education programs as well as promotional events and educational activities intended to bring about behavior change.
Francine Kaufman, MD (Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA), Kathryn Hirst, PhD (George Washington University, Rockville, MD), John Buse, MD, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Gary Foster, PhD (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA), and colleagues from the HEALTHY Study Group were surprised to find that students in both the control and intervention groups had very similar reductions in BMI.
The BMI decreased by more than 4 percent for both groups of students from the start of 6th grade to the end of 8th grade.
The study has been published in Childhood Obesity. (ANI)