Study links psychosocial issues to weight-loss outcomes in children

09/12/2011 | PhysiciansBriefing.com

Psychosocial variables such as maternal depression, insecure attachment attitudes and family adversity predicted failure to attain long-term weight-loss success, as measured by a 5% weight loss, in obese children ages 7 to 15 after a one-year intervention. The variables also predicted weight-reduction maintenance in participants after a one-year follow-up. The findings in Pediatrics suggest that psychosocial variables may play a role in weight loss among obese children, researchers said.

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