The United States is experiencing an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Although recent studies have documented rapidly increasing overweight among
US children and adolescents,1 there are few
effective tools to combat this problem. Most available weight-control treatments
yield only modest, unsustained effects. Similarly, with a few exceptions,
prevention programs targeting diet and activity changes have been relatively
ineffective at altering body fatness.2 As a
result, there is a pressing need for innovative intervention approaches.
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