The age interval of 3 to 7 years is a critical growth period during life. Fast increase of weight in this period is associated with obesity later in life. However, so far no evaluated treatment program is available for young obese children. Pediatricians from hospital de Gelderse Valle in Ede and researchers from Wageningen University therefore developed a dedicated treatment program.
The resulting treatment program AanTafel! has the following key characteristics: multicomponent, multidisciplinary, family-based with focus on parents, age-specific, tailored to individual children and families, a duration of one year and a combination of individual and group sessions and an unique web-based learning module. Forty obese children were enrolled in the program and the outcomes were evaluated. The treatment program AanTafel! resulted in significant reduction in body weight and this clinical relevant result persisted 1 years after finishing treatment. Furthermore, a reduction in the number of components of metabolic syndrome were found and quality of life improved .
Currently the long-term effects are being studied.