A systematic review of school-based intervention studies for the prevention or reduction of excess weight among Chinese children and adolescents

Li, M., Li, S., Baur, L. A. and Huxley, R. R. (2008) A systematic review of school-based intervention studies for the prevention or reduction of excess weight among Chinese children and adolescents. Obesity Reviews, 9 6: 548-559. doi:10.1111/j.1467-789X.2008.00495.x


Author Li, M.
Li, S.
Baur, L. A.
Huxley, R. R.
Title A systematic review of school-based intervention studies for the prevention or reduction of excess weight among Chinese children and adolescents
Journal name Obesity Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-7881
1467-789X
Publication date 2008-11-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2008.00495.x
Volume 9
Issue 6
Start page 548
End page 559
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The aim of this paper was to conduct a systematic review of intervention studies in China aimed at the prevention or control of excess weight gain among children and adolescents. Two Chinese databases (The China Full Text Database and Wanfang Database) and two English databases (Medline and Meditext) were searched with keywords for intervention studies published between 1990 and 2006. Data were extracted on aspects of study quality, methodology and effectiveness of interventions. Quality assessment was conducted using a previously established assessment tool. Twenty-two studies were included, of which 17 were conducted among overweight and/or obese children and/or adolescents. Interventions strategies varied across studies but the majority focused on improving the level of knowledge, physical activity levels and/or diet of overweight children and adolescents. Most studies reported a beneficial effect of the intervention with one or more of the study outcomes, but all of the studies had serious, or moderate, methodological weaknesses. None of the trials identified by this systematic review demonstrated convincing evidence of the efficacy of any single intervention for the prevention of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents from Mainland China. Future intervention trials should address the methodological weaknesses identified in this review.
Keyword Obesity
Interventions
China
Review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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