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Danish families embrace anti-child obesity project

A pilot scheme introduced by a paediatrician in Denmark has reportedly made headway in the battle against the problem of child obesity.

As a third of all children worldwide are overweight, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Jens Christian Holm has introduced a radical new programme that requires changes to twenty areas of a child’s life, in order for them to lose weight.

The project started in Holbaek, but has now been adopted across Denmark. The scheme requires the whole family to take part and make changes to their lifestyle in order for it to work. By following the programme, 70% of 1,900 people have lost weight and sustained the loss for four years.

According to Dr Holm, children find it extremely difficult to lose the weight on their own, which is why families are asked to participate. The children spend 24 hours in hospital at the start of the scheme, so that tests can be carried out and fat levels measured. A questionnaire has to be completed, which asks about their behaviour patterns and eating habits.

The programme works by making a number of changes, including the amount of time spent in front of the TV or computer, setting bedtime at a reasonable hour, eating healthy food, and increasing exercise.

In the UK, schools are among those that are tackling the problem of child obesity, with a number introducing franchise opportunities for mums. This includes providing healthy tuckshops rather than sugary, fatty snacks.

Posted by Jennifer
November 20, 2014

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