Diet Education Had No Long Term Impact On Childhood Obesity

October 11, 2007

ScienceDaily: Diet Education Had No Long Term Impact On Childhood Obesity

An education programme which successfully cut the level of obesity in children by teaching them about healthy eating and discouraging fizzy drinks was no longer effective three years after the intervention came to an end, according to a study published on the British Medical Journal website.

Since I’m trying to start up a project on this topic, it is very interesting. The key issue that obviously comes to mind is age. Trying to intervene to drag people away from a habit is very different from helping the develop different habits from the start. I can’t see how you can encourage people to have healthy eating habits. But I can see how you can get people enthusiastically freaked out about good food.

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