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Childhood Obesity-A Study of Intervention

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Winthrop University Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 28, 2011
Last updated: September 6, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
The purpose of this study is to verify the usefulness of Healthy KIDS Program (HKP) for children and adolescents to lose weight and promote their self esteem in a fun atmosphere.

Condition Intervention
Obesity Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Childhood Obesity-A Study of Intervention

Further study details as provided by Winthrop University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI will be measured [ Time Frame: 3 month interval over 1 year ]
    Data will be collected at routine office visits

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight [ Time Frame: 3 month interval over 1 year ]
    Data will be collected at routine office visits

  • Height [ Time Frame: 3 month interval over 1 year ]
    Data will be collected at routine office visits

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: June 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Lifestyle counseling
Individualized meal planning and exercise regimen sessions will be developed for each participant
Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling
Individualized meal planning and exercise regimen sessions will be developed for each participant

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Detailed Description:

The Program will be divided into four areas: 1) Screening, 2) Implementation 3) Follow-up Post program, 4) Analysis

  1. Screening Children between the ages of 8-16 years of age whose BMI>85th% will be identified and screened. The parent and their child must agree to participate in the entire study.

    During the first three visits, a full medical evaluation will be performed and it will be determined if the potential patient meets study entry criteria. Body measurements, blood collection, family history, behavioral, cardiac, exercise and nutritional evaluations will take place. Glucose tolerance testing will be performed during screening. if HbA1c is above 5.2 to classify patients as euglycemic, hyperinsulinemic or Type 2 Diabetes. Other endocrine evaluations (e.g. FSH, LH, testosterone, Total T4, Free T4, andandT3, TSH for PCOS and/or thyroid hormone dysfunction) will be performed as medically indicated. And if medical problems are present, they there will be addressed and treated by an appropriately medical treatment. In case of PCOS medical treatment is not enough and diet and exercise should be always part of the treatment.

  2. Program Implementation Participants will be entered into the 10-week program. Each child will act as his/her own control and the success of the interventions will be measured in change in percentiles over time. Each group will contain no more than 12 participants. During the program there will be intensive nutrition, behavioral and exercise therapy designed specifically for each child and for each family participating. The program, designed for a total of 32 weeks, will include weekly sessions for the first 10 weeks, every other week for the next 10 weeks, and once a month thereafter.

The design of the intervention is as follows:

  1. Individualized meal planning and exercise regimen sessions will be developed for each participant. .
  2. Participants and their families will participate in groups of 10 to 12 where they can elicit support and motivation from one another, learn about nutrition, behaviors as well as engage in exercise programs which are facilitated by a certified instructor.
  3. Weekly topics will be taught through 'gaming activities' designed to impart educational information through games and activities. Group support activities will use affective techniques in order to elicit sharing of feelings.
  4. Each discipline involved- behavioral, nutritional and exercise physiology will design pre and post evaluation tools (in addition to maintaining histories on each participant) as well as lesson plans, gaming activities and affective techniques. Behavioral issues such as eating through boredom, stress, or loneliness, for example, might be addressed in varied ways weaved throughout the 2 ½ hr session, while portion control, appropriate food choices might be the nutritional topics covered that session and reviewed through gaming activities. The exercise portion of the lesson may address varied types of exercise to reduce stress and keep them busy and a yoga instructor may come that night to demonstrate other stress reduction techniques.

3) Follow-up Post Program After the 32-week program, there will be follow-up visits in order to assess maintenance of weight loss. Questionnaires and visits at 2 months, 6 months, and 1 year after the program ends will evaluate long-term success.

Subsequent visits will occur every three months which is considered standard of care.

4) Analysis: Pre 10 week session and post 10 week session the following evaluation tools and criteria will be evaluated: Weight, waist circumference, endurance, strength, flexibility, triceps caliper measurements as well as the YES evaluation. The Youth Evaluation Scale is a nationally standardized test. The YES evaluation is performed on ages 9 and > and evaluates areas such as: habits, knowledge, self esteem, depression, anxiety, family communications, lifestyle, structure and more.

After years 1 and 2, the study team will evaluate the effectiveness of the program as a whole and each individual component. Recommendations for design changes, as well as statistical information from all study members (i.e., behavioral, nutrition, exercise) will be analyzed to determine the advantages of certain treatment modalities in the effective treatment of childhood obesity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 16 years with a BMI > 85th%.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children younger then 8 years of age or older then 16 years of age.
  • Children with a BMI < 85th%
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01681108

United States, New York
Winthrop University Hospital
Mineola, New York, United States, 11501
Sponsors and Collaborators
Winthrop University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Siham Accacha, MD Winthrop University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Winthrop University Hospital Identifier: NCT01681108     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06304
Study First Received: March 28, 2011
Last Updated: September 6, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
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