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by Alicia Ni Ghrainne, Saturday, November 22, 2014 | Categories: Obesity

An official list of rules has been drawn up by a Danish paediatrician, Dr. Holm, specializing in childhood obesity, and is known as The Children’s Obesity Clinic’s Treatment protocol. He is thought to have helped approximately 1,300 obese children lose weight since he first launched his trial in 2008. The trial simply involved the drawing up of a list of rules that this group of obese children and their families had to adhere to, and looking at results from the recent implementation of this protocol, it seems to have worked. Health professionals should be excited about its potential implementation here. It could seriously change the ever-increasing rates of childhood obesity here in Britain. The Danes say they have cured childhood obesity and it doesn’t seem to have been too difficult a task either!

The protocol includes a list of rules and simple guidelines which include; not allowing second helpings of food within a 20 minute period (to help facilitate this, pots and saucepans are kept off the table and in the kitchen): rationing sweets to one occasion per week: both juices and soft drinks are only allowed once a month; and children have to walk or cycle to school where feasible in terms of distance. These sound like easy steps to take but thanks to this four-year observation, they have now been found to make all the difference.

About one in three children in Britain suffer with weight problems or are obese before they leave primary school and this number only looks set to increase over the coming years. Dr. Holm’s intervention includes a thorough medical exam per child, before tailor-making them and their families a specific set of rules regarding diet and lifestyle that they must follow.

The Danish trial began in 2009 and involved 1,900 patients. A whopping 70% are said to have lost significant amounts of weight over the last four years and furthermore, have succeeded in keeping it off.

Between 2012 and 2013 there were 6.6% less hospital admissions with an obesity diagnosis than between 2011 and 2012 here in Britain, however, the figure is still nine times higher than it was between 2002 and 2003 according to data collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. These figures are alarming and yet, nothing is happening in the way of national intervention.

According to The McKinsey Global Institute, obesity is costing the economy as much as smoking or armed conflict does worldwide. The institute also promotes the need for a national response to the obesity crisis right now. They contend that it is no longer sufficient to pour money into educational messages and hope to penetrate the individual. Rather, action across the work force, society and government is required.

Perhaps taking example from Dr. Holm’s, so far successful, protocol would be a good start.

You can read more about the study at Parentdish.

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