Pediatric Weight Management

Traffic Light Diet or Similar Approaches (2006)

The Traffic Light Diet (sometimes called the Stop Light Diet) was developed by Leonard H. Epstein and colleagues for use in their family-based childhood overweight research. This group of scholars has been responsible for a large portion of the best research on childhood overweight for over the past two decades. Perhaps because of the ground-breaking nature of their research, the Traffic Light Diet has become broadly recognized and in some cases copied.
  • Intervention
    What is the evidence to support using the Traffic Light Diet as a way of managing energy and food intake in children?
    • Conclusion

      The Traffic Light Diet is an effective component of a clinically supervised, multi-component childhood weight-management intervention program.

    • Grade: I
      • Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
      • Grade II is Fair;
      • Grade III is Limited/Weak;
      • Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
      • Grade V is Not Assignable.
      • High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
      • Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
      • Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
      • Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
      • Ungraded means a grade is not assignable.
    • Search Plan and Results: Diet Therapy: Traffic Light Diet 2005