Family Weight Control

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Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: The New York Times Company
Document Type: Video file
Duration: 00:00:01
Length: 194 words

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Losing weight as a family can help both parents and children, study finds
The New York Times Company

Overweight parents wanting to help their overweight preschooler shed some pounds might see better results if they approach the problem as a family affair. So concludes a study published in the journal Pediatrics, which tested a new family weight control program among 96 overweight or obese children between the ages of two and five. For one year, the parents of about half the children attended group sessions at a pediatrician's office where standard nutrition and exercise guidance focused solely on helping their offspring lose weight. The other group paired the children with one of their parents who was also overweight or obese, but in addition to providing standard weight loss information, pediatric assistants trained in psychology, nutrition and exercise science counseled the parents on how to improve the whole family's attitude and approach towards diet and exercise. The result: two years out, children in the family program were found to be gaining weight at a much more healthy pace than those in the other group. What's more, their parents ended up losing an average of 14 pounds. I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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