Evaluation of the Living 4 Life project : a youth-led, school-based obesity prevention study

Utter, J., Scragg, R., Robinson, E., Warbrick, J., Faeamani, G., Foroughian, S., Dewes, O., Moodie, M. and Swinburn, B. A. 2011, Evaluation of the Living 4 Life project : a youth-led, school-based obesity prevention study, Obesity reviews, vol. 12, no. Supplement 2, Special Issue : The Pacific Obesity Prevention In Communities Project (OPIC), pp. 51-60, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00905.x.

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Title Evaluation of the Living 4 Life project : a youth-led, school-based obesity prevention study
Author(s) Utter, J.
Scragg, R.
Robinson, E.
Warbrick, J.
Faeamani, G.
Foroughian, S.
Dewes, O.
Moodie, M.ORCID iD for Moodie, M. orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Swinburn, B. A.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 12
Issue number Supplement 2
Season Special Issue : The Pacific Obesity Prevention In Communities Project (OPIC)
Start page 51
End page 60
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford , England
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) adolescent
New Zealand
Summary The Living 4 Life study was a youth-led, school-based intervention to reduce obesity in New Zealand. The study design was quasi-experimental, with comparisons made by two cross-sectional samples within schools. Student data were collected at baseline (n = 1634) and at the end of the 3-year intervention (n = 1612). A random-effects mixed model was used to test for changes in primary outcomes (e.g. anthropometry and obesity-related behaviours) between intervention and comparison schools. There were no significant differences in changes in anthropometry or behaviours between intervention and comparison schools. The prevalence of obesity in intervention schools was 32% at baseline and 35% at follow-up and in comparison schools was 29% and 30%, respectively. Within school improvements in obesity-related behaviours were observed in three intervention schools and one comparison school. One intervention school observed several negative changes in student behaviours. In conclusion, there were no significant improvements to anthropometry; this may reflect the intervention’s lack of intensity, insufficient duration, or that by adolescence changes in anthropometry and related behaviours are difficult to achieve. School-based obesity prevention interventions that actively involve young people in the design of interventions may result in improvements in student behaviours, but require active support from leaders within their schools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00905.x
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, International Association for the Study of Obesity
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