Teen obesity screens may not help with weight loss
Eight states now screen their students for obesity and inform
parents if their children have a high body mass index. But does
screening students for obesity actually improve obesity rates? UC
Davis Assistant Professor Kevin Gee’s
new research indicates it may not.
Gee analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth
Risk Behavior Survey to compare a group of students who were
screened throughout 11th and 12th grades with a group who were
exempt. No significant difference was found between the groups’
amount of weight loss, levels of exercise, or dietary intake.