Steps in the Right Direction, Against the Odds, An Evaluation of a Community-Based Programme Aiming to Reduce Inactivity and Improve Health and Morale in Overweight and Obese School-Age Children

Kiara Lewis, Claire Fraser, Martin Manby

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The study describes an evaluation of a 48-week physical activity and nutritional education programme for overweight/obese school-age children using quantitative and qualitative methods. The majority of participants were obese or severely obese when enrolled, and while some improvements in body mass index, self-esteem and engagement in a range of physical activities were noted, difficulties in evaluating a complex community-based intervention were highlighted. Children, parents and health professionals described a range of benefits from attending the programme but more intensive services are likely to be needed for the most seriously obese children and for those families resisting intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-137
Number of pages14
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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