Long-term outcomes following the MEND 7-13 child weight management program
Smith, Lindsey Rachel
Sacher, Paul M.
University College London
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
University of Derby
Michigan State University
Leeds Metropolitan University
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AbstractBackground: In the current study, we report outcomes 2.4 years from baseline in a random subsample of overweight and obese children who attended MEND 7-13 programs delivered in UK community settings under service level conditions. Methods: The study employed an uncontrolled pre-follow-up design. A total of 165 children were measured. Outcomes included anthropometry, parental perception of emotional distress, body esteem, and self-esteem. Results: Overall, there were significant improvements in all outcomes apart from BMI z-score. In boys, BMI z-score, waist circumference z-score, and psychometrics all improved. In girls, there were no statistically significant differences at 2.4 years, except for body esteem. Conclusions: In real-world settings, the MEND intervention, when delivered by nonspecialists, may result in modest, yet positive, long-term outcomes. Subsequent research should focus on improving the outcome effect size, providing effective behavior change maintenance strategies, and further investigating the reasons behind the observed gender differences.
CitationKolotourou M, Radley D, Gammon C, Smith L, Chadwick P, Sacher PM (2015) 'Long-term outcomes following the MEND 7-13 child weight management program', Childhood Obesity, 11 (3), pp.325-330.
PublisherMARY ANN LIEBERT, INC
SponsorsThe MEND research team thanks all children and parents who participated in this trial. All families attended the MEND 7-13 Program for free. These costs were borne by a combination of Primary Care Trusts (UK National Health Service), local authorities, and leisure providers. This study was funded by MEND Central and Mytime Active.
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