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Tried-and-true weight loss methods work for obese adolescents

December 31, 2009
Most overweight adolescents who successfully lost weight relied on tried-and-true weight loss methods – increased exercise, walking and climbing stairs, drinking less soda and self-weighing – rather than resorting to extreme dieting.

Researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the University of Minnesota interviewed 130 adolescents and their families to determine which weight control methods worked best. Their findings were published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Nearly half of the adolescents had successfully lost weight, with most relying on what the researchers termed "healthy weight control behaviors." Others who lost weight relied on "structured behavior" strategies such as counting calories, recording food intake, and working with a professional.

There are an estimated 4 million to 5 million overweight adolescents in the U.S., and research shows that childhood obesity frequently lead to obesity in adulthood.

An obesity-related study under way at the North Shore-LIJ Health System is open to patients who have had bariatric surgery – weight loss surgery, usually by reducing the size of the stomach with gastric banding or removing a portion of the stomach through gastric bypass surgery. Researchers there are recording long-term results of weight-loss surgery by comparing the type of surgery done and the health of patients five years after their surgery.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19534854-ADNFCR
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