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Prevention of Childhood Obesity
Trial ID: NCT00788203
This study is conducting preliminary testing to find out whether a particular educational program can alter parental overcontrol of their children's eating. There is evidence from previous studies that children who are irritable, cry a lot, tend to be overcontrolled and are at high risk for developing overweight. If the education program can change parental behavior the next study would examine whether this affects children's weight over a longer period of time.
The Development of an Early Intervention for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity
For study 1, 60 families (120 parents) with a child between the age of 2-4 years will be
entered to the study. Children of these families will be at risk for overweight because the
family will contain at least one obese parent. For study 2, 100 families (200 parents) will
be entered to the study. Children of these families will be at risk for overweight and have
a reactive temperament. The reason for using this population is that a combination of
parental obesity and a child with a reactive temperament appears to put the child at high
risk for the development of overweight.
Exclusion Criteria:Parental exclusions:
1. Not able to comprehend English well enough to participate in assessments or the
2. Serious non-obesity related physical illness, (e.g., cancer), which would preclude
participation in assessment or intervention.
3. Serious current psychiatric disorder, e.g. schizophrenia, uncontrolled bipolar
disorder, mental retardation that would preclude participation in assessment or
4. Single parents
1. Serious physical illness or related treatments that would affect feeding or weight
including history of feeding aversion, failure to thrive, and use of nasogastric or
2. Prematurity below 37-weeks associated with prolonged hospitalization, ongoing need for
nutritional supplementation, or naso-gastric feeding.(parental report)
3. Serious current developmental problems including any that might interfere with
self-feeding or require additional parental feeding support e.g. developmental delay,
autism. (parental report).
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