Obesity awareness ‘leading more people to lose weight’
People's growing awareness of the obesity epidemic is having a positive impact and is leading a higher number to lose weight, new research has shown.
Research published in scientific journal Childhood Obesity has seen an overall reduction in the body mass index (BMI) of children.
The team behind the study suggested that this change was due to a higher public awareness about the risks faced by children.
It focused on a group of children whose diet was managed by the researchers and a control group but found that the BMIs of both groups fell during the trial period.
Dr David Katz, editor-in-chief of Childhood Obesity, said that this was a surprising discovery but was clearly good news.
He said: "The news about weight trends in children has been all bad for a long time—this study suggests that an aggregation of awareness, policies and programmes may be starting to change that."
For those looking to lose weight, performance nutritionist Laurent Bannock recently advised people to concentrate on getting their diet right – in terms of content and timing – before they began to consider whether they also needed supplements.
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