Systematic review about the effectiveness of physical activity programs to reduce overweight and obesity in school-age youth

Miguel Angel Tapia-Serrano, Juan J Pulido, Mikel Vaquero-Solís, David Cerro-Herrero, Pedro A Sánchez-Miguel


The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of intervention programs aimed to reduce overweight and obesity in young people. A total of 266 publications were selected, obtained by searching the databases: Pubmed (n = 83), Science Direct (n = 2091), Scopus (n = 100) and Web of Science (n = 107). After reading the abstract and full text, the selected studies were reduced 21. The age of the participants ranged from 6 to 16 years. The conclusions of the study were that the most effective programs were those that carried out two weekly sessions of physical activity, lasting 45 minutes, at a moderate and vigorous intensity.


physical activity; body mass index; obesity; body fat; obesity

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