What is Known:
• Although MI has been recognized as an effective counseling style for behavioral change in weight loss, there are few reports about the anthropometric outcomes of interventions with adolescents being treated for obesity/overweight.
• Our study showed significant positive changes in anthropometric variables (BMI z-score, abdominal circumference, percentage of fat mass, percentage of muscular mass, systolic and diastolic blood pressure) after only three face-to-face sessions over 6 months.
What is New:
• MI delivered by non-mental health providers in a school setting seems to have short-term usefulness in a program aiming the treatment of obese/overweight adolescents.