Movement Therapy and Childhood Obesity

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Meir Medical Center Identifier:
First received: March 8, 2012
Last updated: April 13, 2015
Last verified: March 2014

The Child health and Sports Center, Meir Medical Center, has an intervention program to treat obese children. The program includes physical activity, nutritional intervention and behavioral treatment.The emphasis given in the center to physical activity and sport enables a strong connection with movement therapy. Movement therapy allows obese children to face and cope with the psychological and emotional aspects of obesity.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the contribution of the movement therapy intervention to our program.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: movement therapy
Other: exercise plus nutrition

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Movement Therapy on the Success in a Multidisciplinary Intervention for the Treatment of Childhood Obesity

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Further study details as provided by Meir Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Emotional/behavioral changes [ Time Frame: 3 MONTHS ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from Baseline in emotional and behavioral questioners at 3 months. The questioners: depression, anxiety, self-efficacy, self-esteem, attachment and quality of life.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • weight, height and BMI [ Time Frame: 3 MONTHS ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: April 2012
Study Completion Date: April 2015
Primary Completion Date: April 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: intervention plus therapy Behavioral: movement therapy
exercise, nutrition, movement therapy
Active Comparator: intervention no therapy
exercise and nutrition
Other: exercise plus nutrition
exercise, nutrition

Detailed Description:

Movement therapy is part of the multidisciplinary intervention. Weekly one hour long sessions are conducted under the guidance of a certified therapists.

The meeting includes physical movement aimed to address the emotional world of the obese child. Using games, structured exercises and verbal processing.

At the start and end of the evaluation the children will answer questionnaires to study:

  1. Behavioral questionnaires:emotional state: anxiety, depression, communication, self-esteem, quality of life and self-efficacy.
  2. Demographic questions . At the beginning and the end of the program a certified movement therapist will observe the children to estimate the change of emotional movement.weight, height and BMI are measured regularly in the center.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Overweight/obese children

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Child that do not want to take part in this study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01555034

Meir Medical Center
Kfar-Saba, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Meir Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Dan Nemet, MD Meir Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Meir Medical Center Identifier: NCT01555034     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 016111CTIL
Study First Received: March 8, 2012
Last Updated: April 13, 2015
Health Authority: Israel: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by Meir Medical Center:
movement therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Body Weight
Nutrition Disorders
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on October 06, 2015