Dr. Diane Kelsall, deputy editor, interviews Dr. Patricia Parkin, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children, professor with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. CMAJ recently published new recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, where Dr. Parkin is chair of the child obesity working group. The Task Force recommends structured behavioural interventions for obese and overweight children, but not medications or surgery. There is little evidence showing long-term effectiveness of interventions for obesity prevention.

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