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Educational interventions are effective in treating childhood obesity: (PEDro synthesis)
  1. Nicole Nathan1,2,3,
  2. Luke Wolfenden2,3,
  3. Christopher M Williams2,3,4
  1. 1Hunter New England Population Health, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Nicole Nathan, Hunter New England Population Health, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Locked Bag 10, Wallsend NSW 2287, Australia; Nicole.Nathan{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Sbruzzi G1, Eibel B, Barbiero SM, et al. Educational interventions in childhood obesity: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Prev Med 2013;56:254–64.


Globally, over 200 million school-age children are estimated to be overweight or obese.1 Poor childhood diet and physical activity behaviours increase the likelihood of childhood and adulthood overweight and obesity.2 Educational strategies aimed at modifying dietary and physical activity behaviours are frequently used to prevent and manage childhood obesity3 but inconsistent effects have been reported.4


This systematic review aimed to determine whether school-based and/or family-based educational interventions can treat or prevent childhood obesity in school-age children …

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  • Contributors NN, CMW and LW selected the review and interpreted the findings. NN wrote the initial draft.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.