Literature Review

Initiative Description: Meta analysis for RCTs and clinical controlled trials on school-based interventions that addressed childhood obesity, published between 1995 and 2007.

Study Results: This meta-analysis showed that there was convincing evidence that school-based interventions are effective, at least short-term, in reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. Longer-running programs were more effective than shorter programs.

Reference: Gonzalez-Suarez C, Worley A, Grimmer-Somers K, Dones V. (2009) School-based interventions on childhood obesity: a meta-analysis. American Journal Of Preventive Medicine, 37(5), 418-427.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good