Publication Date

2009

Clinical Question

Is activity-based occupational therapy a feasible and effective treatment for weight loss in children with obesity?

Clinical Bottom Line

Activity-based interventions are shown to be a positive and motivating treatment for combating the physical and psychological effects from childhood obesity. Not only has the research depicted that activity-based treatment can help increase physical fitness, it has also shown improvements in: healthy food choices, self-esteem, and family education. However, the lack of specificity in regard to what activity-based occupations are most effective remains unclear. The research shows a wide variety of activity-based interventions including: gardening, soccer, sports, dance, etc. The results from research remain positive, however more research is needed to reduce the broad spectrum of intervention options in order to provide the most effective and meaningful treatment to children suffering from obesity.

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