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Addressing risk factors of overweight and obesity among adolescents in out-of-home care : the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) study

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posted on 2024-06-04, 00:01 authored by H Skouteris, Matthew Fuller-TyszkiewiczMatthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M McCabe, R Cox, R Miller, AD Jones, S Omerogullari, K Morrison
Rates of overweight and obesity increase significantly whilst children and young people are in out-of-home care. This paper provides the protocol for a study, funded by the Australian Research Council (2012–2014), being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a Healthy Eating and Active Living intervention programme for adolescents who live in out-of-home residential care. This randomised trial will be conducted with 118 adolescents aged 13–17 years of age in out-of-home residential care and the residential staff who look after them. Adolescents' eating habits, physical activity levels, psychological well-being, body dissatisfaction and weight status will be assessed at baseline, immediately post the programme (which runs for 6 months), and again 12 months post baseline. Similar measures will be obtained from residential carers (across the same time points). If effective, this programme could be implemented as usual care to modify levels of obesity amongst these vulnerable young people.

History

Journal

International Journal of Adolescence and Youth

Volume

19

Pagination

536-548

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0267-3843

eISSN

2164-4527

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

Issue

4

Publisher

Taylor & Francis