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Counselling 'has no affect on child obesity'

Primary care screening and brief counselling of overweight or mildly obese young children does not improve BMI, physical activity or nutrition, an Australian study concludes.

A randomised controlled trial of 258 children aged five to ten attending 45 practices were given either four consultations over 12 weeks on nutrition and physical activity by GPs, or standard care.

After six and twelve months there was no significant differences in BMI, participation in physical activity or nutrition score.

BMJ, published online 3 September 2009

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