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Bright Bodies Weight Program Lowers Diabetes Risk, BMI in Obese Kids

A new study has found that weight management program cuts diabetes risk and is more effective at decreasing weight, body fat, body mass index (BMI) in overweight children.

A family-based weight management program developed by researchers at Yale School of Medicine was more successful at plummeting weight, body fat, BMI and insulin sensitivity than traditional clinic-based weight counselling.

Mary Savoye-Desanti, research associate in Yale's Department of Pediatrics, nd her team conducted the one-year clinical trial of 209 overweight children between the ages of 8 and16 to deal with the growing incidence of childhood obesity, particularly in the African American and Hispanic population. The childhood obesity outbreak has also boosted type- 2 diabetes among adolescents.

Savoye-Desanti and colleagues measured the efficiency of the weight management program Bright Bodies, in contrast to care provided at a pediatric obesity clinic. Bright Bodies was created 10 years ago by Savoye-Desanti and merges nutrition education, behaviour modification and exercise customized to the needs of inner-city children. The study sought to compare changes in BMI, body composition, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and lipid profiles.

The 105 children randomly assigned to the Bright Bodies program participated in 50 minutes of exercise for two nights per week. The eight to 10-year-old group participated in several games such as relay races, obstacle courses and several other games including "Swim Fish Swim." The older group (11- to 16-year-olds) played flag football, basketball and other activities. Both groups played "Dance, Dance Revolution" by Konami.

The study revealed great differences in BMI, body weight, body fat and percent body fat between the control group and the weight management group. While the average body weight was basically unaffected among the weight management group, BMI was abridged by 1.7 units
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