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Behavioral Modification Programs Help Obese Children Manage Their Weight
Date:9/29/2008

ide effects from prescription drugs. These included mild increases in heart rate or blood pressure from the use of sibutramine. Among those taking orlistat, up to one-third reported abdominal pain, oily spotting or fecal urgency; 9 percent reported fecal incontinence.

The researchers also reviewed the effectiveness of weight-reduction surgery on morbidly obese adolescents who had a BMI of 41 or greater. Although the evidence is limited, results suggest moderate to substantial weight loss. The surgery can resolve weight-related medical problems such as sleep apnea and asthma. However, greater short-term risks are associated with surgery, and few cases have been followed more than 1 year.

The new report, Effectiveness of Weight Management Programs in Children and Adolescents, is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/tp/chwghttp.htm. Copies of the report may be ordered free of charge by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 or sending an e-mail to AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov. For information on how children's and teenagers weight is assessed and a BMI calculator to use for them, go to http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx.

Note to editors: AHRQ also has a free DVD for families and children age 5 to 9 called Max's Magical Delivery: Fit for Kids. The 30-minute DVD teaches children and their parents about smart eating and physical activity. Copies are available by calling 1-800-358-9295 or e-mailing AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.


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