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Effectiveness of home based early intervention on children’s BMI at age 2: randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3732 (Published 26 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3732

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Re: Effectiveness of home based early intervention on children’s BMI at age 2: randomised controlled trial

Childhood obesity is a challenge that affects the whole world. Drugs and doctors do not carry a ready-made solution to the obesity problem in children and the psychological effects their parents experience. This article is excellent not only because of its interventional strategy but also because of educating parents indirectly that breastfeeding is the best for the health of children, the timing of giving solid foods is important, the intake of fruits and water in good quantities and being active are the key to the problems of delaying or preventing the setting in of obesity in children. This take home message authenticated by scientific results will allow many more studies to be carried out and prove an effective way to tackle the problem of childhood obesity that will later precipitate adult obesity.

Prevention is still the best medicine one could aspire to in a world advised to become drug-dependent for every illness that haunts society.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 July 2012
dhastagir s sheriff
Professor
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University
Benghazi, Libya