A child-centered health dialogue for the prevention of obesity in child health services in Sweden – A randomized controlled trial including an economic evaluation

Child obesity is a global public health priority.  This study suggests a low-intensive multicomponent child centred intervention for the prevention of obesity in children aged 2 -4 years to be cost effective

Quick takes:

  • Child obesity has both mental and physical consequences and affects children’s wellbeing both in the short and long term
  • Child obesity most frequently extends to adulthood and is associated with various comorbidities; therefore, prevention is deemed vital
  • There’s a need from caregivers to receive structures and easy to understand information from health care professionals to be able to support children
  • The efficacy of prevention efforts offered by Child Health Services against child obesity is of concern
  • Continuous training to healthcare professionals in the application of structured person-centred and family counselling management plan to prevent and support overweight children and their families is still lacking
  • A low-intensive multicomponent prevention program implemented in Sweden is suggested to be cost effective with the potential to decrease zBMI in overweight children, however with no statistical significance
  • Methods to communicate and engage with children and their families in weight related topics is an area requiring future research

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