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Effective evidence-informed family-based nutrition interventions for childhood obesity management are needed.


(a) To assess the number and quality of published randomized controlled trials incorporating family-based nutrition interventions for childhood obesity (ages 5–18 years) management

(b) to identify intervention attributes (e.g., contact time, nutrition curricula, and behavior change strategies) used in successful interventions.

Studies that met eligibility criteria were randomized controlled trials and family-based childhood obesity management interventions for children and adolescents ages 5–18 years old that included a healthy eating component and measured child dietary behaviors and/or parent dietary feeding practices.

Six databases were searched: CINAHL complete, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, MEDLINE with full text (PubMed), PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus, and ERIC (EBSCO Host). The validated Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies was used to assess study quality. Eight studies met eligibility criteria. Study quality analysis showed that blinding of the research teams (e.g., analysts, and those focused on data collection) and the use of age appropriate, valid, and reliable instruments were areas of concern.

Successful nutrition interventions targeting children 5–18 years old, appear to include setting family-based goals, modifying home food environment, hands-on approaches to teaching nutrition (games, group-based activities), and fruit and vegetable vouchers. This review highlighted a limited amount of moderate to high quality evidence to suggest that family-based nutrition interventions can be successful in improving dietary behaviors and that interventions with positive outcomes had some components of nutrition curricula and strategies in common.

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