Lifestyle intervention for improving school achievement in overweight or obese children and adolescents

Anne Martin, David H Saunders, Susan D. Shenkin, John Sproule

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The prevalence of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence is high. Excessive body fat at a young age is likely to persist into adulthood and is associated with physical and psychosocial co-morbidities, as well as lower cognitive, school and later life achievement. Lifestyle changes, including reduced caloric intake, decreased sedentary behaviour and increased physical activity, are recommended for prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity. Evidence suggests that lifestyle interventions can benefit cognitive function and school achievement in children of normal weight. Similar beneficial effects may be seen in overweight or obese children and adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD009728
Number of pages72
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2014


  • lifestyle intervention
  • childhood obesity
  • sedentary behavior
  • school achievement

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