Math model predicts effects of diet, physical activity on childhood weight

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created and confirmed the accuracy of a mathematical model that predicts how weight and body fat in children respond to adjustments in diet and physical activity. The results will appear online July 30 in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

While the model may help to set realistic expectations, it has not been tested in a controlled clinical trial to determine if it is an effective tool for weight management.

The model evolved from one developed at NIH in 2011 to predict weight change in adults. The model for children considers their unique physiology, including changes in body composition as they grow. Continue reading