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Obesity screening doubts

UK schoolchildren should not be routinely screened for obesity in the absence of effective treatment, reports research in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

UK schoolchildren should not be routinely screened for obesity in the absence of effective treatment, reports research in the
Archives of Disease in Childhood.

The authors systematically assessed effectiveness of either weight monitoring or screening for picking up and treating obesity, they found none.

"The effectiveness of treatment is currently doubtful and the potential harms of either monitoring or screening are poorly researched," they conclude.

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