Parenting programs may help prevent child obesity

02/8/2012 | Reuters

Two parenting programs aimed at preventing behavior problems among poor, urban preschoolers reduced the risk of obesity later in childhood, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. In the ParentCorps program, only 24% of children were obese by about age 8 compared with 54% of those not involved in the program, researchers said. They added that only 21% of girls in the other program, called Incredible Years, were obese by about age 10, compared with 39% in the control group.

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