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New tool to help treat child obesity

Published on 11/01/2010
A newly developed computerised device that tracks meal portion sizes and how fast people eat is more successful in helping obese children and teens lose weight than standard treatments.

That is according to a report published in the British Medical Journal, which suggests the portable weighing scale created by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, known asthe Mandometer, helps retrain users to eat less.

However, commenting on the new technology, which continuously weighs the food on a plate to see how much is being eaten and how quickly, Paul Sacher, chief research and development officer at childhood obesity specialist MEND, questioned how effective it would be.

"The majority of obese children in the UK do not have access to regular hospital-based treatment due to lack of NHS resources. Child obesity should be tackled within families in local communities," he said.

Mr Sacher added that children need to change both eating habits and fitness levels in order to achieve sustained health improvements.

The National Centre for Social Research recently reported that around three in ten children in the UK aged between two and 15 are either overweight or obese (31 per cent of boys and 29 per cent of girls).
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