Research Highlight

Model to check adolescent obesity

doi:10.1038/nindia.2010.46 Published online 12 April 2010

Diabetologists have created a successful model of nutrition and lifestyle education to improve nutrition-related knowledge, eating habits and lifestyle practices among Indian adolescents and are recommending its replication as a national programme to prevent obesity and diabetes.

The model, implemented in two schools, resulted in beneficial changes in anthropometric and biochemical profiles of Asian Indian adolescents.

The researchers imparted nutrition-related knowledge and suggested changes in attitude, lifestyle practices, food frequency and body image of eleventh-grade students (15–17 years) in both schools.

Six months later, they found significant improvement in several domains of knowledge among children on whom the programme was implemented compared with other school children. The intervention group had significantly lower consumption of aerated drinks and energy-dense unhealthy foods. More of them got packed lunch with a fruit in it as compared with the control group.

The waist size of intervened children decreased significantly and so did waist-to-hip ratio and fasting blood glucose.


  1. Singhal, N. et al. Effects of controlled school-based multi-component model of nutrition and lifestyle interventions on behavior modification, anthropometry and metabolic risk profile of urban Asian Indian adolescents in North India. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 64, 364-373 (2010) | Article | PubMed |