Almost one-third of Canadian teens are overweight or obese, with more reaching an unhealthy weight each year.
Faced with the short and long-term health consequences of this trend, governments and health agencies around the world are working to find the best approaches to getting our young people healthy.
Public Health Ontario's 2012 report, Addressing Obesity in Children and Youth: Evidence to Guide Action for Ontario, offers some key insights into what works and what doesn't.
The report summarizes the findings from 40 reviews of intervention strategies from around the world and reveals the key components of the most effective approaches to combating unhealthy weight.
We've pulled ten of these components from the report for parents who are facing this issue in their home. For more detail, read the full report.
Interventions were more likely to be effective if they: