Short course: Group program helps teens lose weight
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Rhode Island: Four months of weekly group discussions and physical activity sessions helped overweight teens lose weight and keep some of it from coming back, in a new study. The changes - seven or eight pounds, on average - were "modest," but the study program represents one of the few weight-loss strategies shown to be successful among adolescents, researchers said. Elissa Jelalian, one of the authors of the study from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island designed a weight-loss program aimed at teenagers. They were asked to keep their diet limited to 1400 to 1600 calories per day and to aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise. Once a week the teens, all 13 to 16 years old, also participated in physical activity programs. Half took aerobics classes while the other took part in an adventure-based program that involved mental and physical challenges. At the beginning of the study, the teens weighed an average of 187 pounds. By the end of the four-month program, that had dropped to 181 pounds among teens in the aerobics group and 179 in those who went through the adventure-based classes.
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