Obesity prevention in defined (high school) populations

Taylor, C.B., Taylor, K., Jones, M., Shorter, A., Yee, M., Genkin, B., Burrows, A., Kass, A.E., Rizk, M., Redman, M., Romer, P., Williams, J. and Wilfley, D.E. 2012, Obesity prevention in defined (high school) populations, in The Heterogeneity of Obesity: Implications for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment : Proceedings of the 2011 Stanford Obesity Summit, Macmillan Publishers, London, Eng., pp. S30-S32, doi: 10.1038/ijosup.2012.8.

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Title Obesity prevention in defined (high school) populations
Author(s) Taylor, C.B.
Taylor, K.
Jones, M.
Shorter, A.
Yee, M.
Genkin, B.
Burrows, A.
Kass, A.E.
Rizk, M.
Redman, M.
Romer, P.
Williams, J.ORCID iD for Williams, J. orcid.org/0000-0002-5633-1592
Wilfley, D.E.
Conference name Stanford Obesity Summit (2011 : Stanford, California)
Conference location Stanford, California
Conference dates 13 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings The Heterogeneity of Obesity: Implications for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment : Proceedings of the 2011 Stanford Obesity Summit
Editor(s) Gardner, C.D.
Publication date 2012
Conference series Stanford Obesity Summit
Start page S30
End page S32
Total pages 3
Publisher Macmillan Publishers
Place of publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) obesity prevention
adaptive trial designs
Summary BACKGROUND: A challenge for the widespread dissemination of Internet-based programs designed to produce weightmaintenance/loss in defined (high school) populations is to adapt them to local needs and interests, whereas demonstratingeffectiveness and salience for both universal and targeted populations.OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine the feasibility of providing an inexpensive, Internet-based universal(healthy weight regulation) and targeted (weight maintenance/loss) health program to all ninth-grade students in a high schoolserving a lower socioecnomic status, diverse population.DESIGN: A total of 118 normal-weight and 64 overweight/obese students in the same ninth-grade class completed a baselinescreen and were allocated to a healthy weight regulation program or a weight-loss maintenance program. Both groupssimultaneously received a 10-week Internet-based intervention. Program implementation required minimal teacher time.Measurement included self-reported fruit, vegetable and high-fat/-calorie food consumption, self-reported change in bodymass index (BMI), weight and shape concerns, as well as program engagement.RESULTS: The program was successfully implemented in nine classes, with minimal help from the investigators. There wasa significant increase in self-reported consumption of fruits and vegetables (P¼0.001). There was a significant reduction inself-reported BMI in the overweight/obese group (P¼0.001). Students found the program helpful and engaging. There wasa significant reduction in weight and shape concerns in the high-risk female students, consistent with a reduced risk forthe development of an eating disorder. Providing a universal and targeted online healthy weight regulation program toninth-grade students is feasible and inexpensive. The results suggest the program can serve as ‘core’ for future studiesusing adaptive, continuous quality-improvement designs.
Notes International journal of obesity supplements
ISSN 2046-2166
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/ijosup.2012.8
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2012, Macmillan Publishers
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