Guided Self-help for Families With an Overweight Child

2014-08-27 03:12:50 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a home based program can teach parents and moderately overweight kids who are of 8-12 years old with a BMI% between 85-97%, how to manage their child's weight. The study uses manuals and involves a short visit to the clinic every other week.


An estimated 4-5 million children between the ages of 6-17 in the United States are obese. Children who are obese are at an increased risk for many negative health consequences in childhood and in adulthood. In addition, these children are at an increased risk for psychosocial consequences in childhood and adolescence, including poor self-esteem, teasing, verbal abuse and social isolation. Guided self-help offers an opportunity to provide empirically based programs to a larger amount of the target population. Once such treatment methods are available, it is possible that the guided self-help treatment for childhood obesity can be disseminated to primary care practitioners, psychologists, nurses, and health educators. Ultimately, the goal of this application is to develop a treatment protocol that can be used by clinics and lay health professionals to intervene with children who are overweight and their parents.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment




Immediate Treatment Group, Delayed Treatment Group


UCSD Center for Obesity and Health//Pediatrics Department
La Jolla
United States


Active, not recruiting


University of California, San Diego

Results (where available)

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