What treatments are effective for childhood obesity?
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Medium- to high-intensity weight loss interventions that include a combination of nutritional counseling, physical activity counseling, and behavioral management can reduce the body mass index (BMI) in obese children (SOR: A, systematic review). Behavioral counseling alone may also be successful to some degree (SOR: B, meta-analysis of lower quality RCTs). Orlistat is effective in reducing BMI in obese children and is FDA-approved for obese adolescents aged 12-16 years, although the effect is small (SOR: A, systematic review).
Evidence Based Practice 15(10): 07-08.