Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children


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Severe Obesity & Global Developmental Delay

Last, but not least we have our eighth and final study. This study is titled “Severe Obesity and Global Developmental Delay in Preschool Children” and is led by Dr. Geoff Ball and Nicole Gehring (University of Alberta) and Dr. Catherine Birken (The Hospital for Sick Children).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study include: Tracey Bridger, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Jess Haines, Jill Hamilton, Josephine Ho, Laurent Legault, Paola Luca, Jonathon Maguire, Amy McPherson, Katherine Morrison

For more information visit: https://www.cpsp.cps.ca/surveillance/study-etude/severe-obesity-and-global-developmental-delay-in-preschool-children


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STOMP Early Years: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Study 7 titled “STOMP Early Years: A pilot randomized controlled trial of an intensive, family-centred home visiting intervention for young children with severe obesity” is led by Dr. Catherine Birken (The Hospital for Sick Children).

Other Team ABC3 members on this project include: Geoff Ball, Elizabeth Dettmer, Jess Haines, Jill Hamilton, Paola Luca, Jonathon Maguire, Louise Masse, Patricia Parkin

Stay tuned for the publications!


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Aim2Be

Our sixth study titled “Does integration of health coaches improve adherence to an e-health lifestyle and behavioural intervention? A randomized controlled trial of LiGHT (Living Green, Healthy, and Thrifty)” was led by Dr. Louise Masse (BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study include: Geoff Ball, Annick Buchholz, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Elizabeth Dettmer, Jill Hamilton, Josephine Ho, Laurent Legault, Paola Luca, Katerinea Maximova, Katherine Morrison, Mark Tremblay

Check out the study protocol:

Masse L, Vlaar J, Macdonald J, Bradbury J, Warshawski T, Buckler J, Hamilton J, Ho J, Buchholz A, Morrison K, Ball G. Aim2Be mHealth intervention for children with overweight and obesity: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020 Feb 3;21(1):132.

The Aim2Be app (both parent and teen versions) are available for free download. Check out www.Aim2Be.ca for more information!


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Defining Health Risks in Children with Obesity

Our fifth study titled “Examining obesity-related risk factors using the 4Ms framework (metabolic, mechanical, mental, milieu) in children with excess weight” was led by Dr. Katherine Morrison (McMaster University).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study included: Geoff Ball, Annick Buchholz, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Stasia Hadiyannakis, Jill Hamilton, Laurent Legault, Katerina Maximova, Mark Tremblay

Be sure to look at the publication from this study which was published in The Lancet and generated quite a bit of media buzz!

Hadjiyannakis S, Ibrahim Q, Li J, Ball GD, Buchholz A, Hamilton JK, Zenlea I, Ho J, Legault L, Laberge AM, Thabane L, Tremblay M, Morrison KM. Obesity class versus the Edmonton Obesity Staging System for Pediatrics to define health risk in childhood obesity: results from the CANPWR cross-sectional study. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. 2019 Jun 1;3(6):398-407.


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Improving Health Services for Children with Autism & Overweight/Obesity

Our fourth study titled “Family recommendations for improving health services to manage severe obesity in children with disabilities” was led by Dr. Amy McPherson (Holland Bloorview Research Institute).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study include: Geoff Ball, Annick Buchholz, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Mary Forhan, Jess Haines, Jill Hamilton, Laurent Legault, Louise Masse, Katherine Morison, Arnaldo Perez, Meaghan Walker

Check out the first publication from this study (as used in Meaghan Walker’s MSc thesis!):

Walker M, Nixon S, Haines J, McPherson A. I work out, who cares if I’m bigger: what matters to youth with ASD regarding weight and their bodies? Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2020 Jan 2;23(1):31-8.


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Pathways to Eating in Children and Adolescents with Obesity

Our third study titled “Pathways to eating: Determining eating behaviour phenotypes in children with severe obesity” was led by Dr. Jill Hamilton (The Hospital for Sick Children).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study include: Annick Buchholz, Hayyah Clairman, Kristina Cordeiro, Elizabeth Dettmer, Katerina Maximova, Katherine Morrison, Alene Toulany.

Take a peek at the first publication from this study (which was part of Hayyah Clairman’s MSc thesis!):

Clairman H, Dettmer E, Buchholz A, Cordeiro K, Ibrahim Q, Maximova K, Toulany A, Taylor VH, Katzman DK, Morrison KM, Hamilton J. Pathways to eating in children and adolescents with obesity. International Journal of Obesity. 2019 Jun;43(6):1193-201.


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Predicting Enrollment in Pediatric Weight Management

Next up we have our study titled “Predictors of treatment initiation for children with severe obesity referred for tertiary-level management of obesity“. This study was led by Dr. Geoff Ball (University of Alberta).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study included: Josephine Ho, Nicholas Holt, Paola Luca, Katerina Maximova, Arnaldo Perez, Mark Tremblay.

Read more details in the publication below (used for Dr. Arnaldo Perez’s PhD thesis!):

Perez AJ, Yaskina M, Maximova K, Kebbe M, Peng C, Patil T, Nielsen C, Holt N, Ho J, Luca P, LaFrance R. Predicting enrollment in multidisciplinary clinical care for pediatric weight management. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 Nov 1;202:129-35.


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Severe Obesity in Ontario Children: Prevalence, Misclassification, & Health Care Utilization

First up we have our study titled “Prevalence and health care utilization of severe obesity in children accessing primary health care in Ontario“. This study was led by Dr. Catherine Birken (University of Toronto).

Other Team ABC3 members on this study included: Laura Anderson, Sarah Carsley, Jonathon Maguire, Patricia Parkin, Mark Tremblay, Alene Toulany, Karen Tu.

Check out the publications from this study (some of which were used for Dr. Sarah Carsely’s PhD thesis!):

Anderson LN, Carsley S, Lebovic G, Borkhoff CM, Maguire JL, Parkin PC, Birken CS. Misclassification of child body mass index from cut-points defined by rounded percentiles instead of Z-scores. BMC Research Notes. 2017 Dec 1;10(1):639.

Carsley S, Pope EI, Anderson LN, Tremblay MS, Tu K, Birken CS. Temporal trends in severe obesity prevalence in children and youth from primary care electronic medical records in Ontario: a repeated cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Apr;7(2):E351.

Carsley S, Tu K, Parkin PC, Pullenayegum E, Birken CS. Overweight and obesity in preschool aged children and risk of mental health service utilization. International Journal of Obesity. 2019 Jul;43(7):1325-33.

Satkunam M, Anderson LN, Carsley S, Maguire JL, Parkin PC, Sprague AE, Ball GD, Birken CS. Severe obesity in children 17 to 24 months of age: a cross-sectional study of TARGet Kids! and Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2018 Aug 1;109(4):489-97.


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Join us as we share our team grant results!

Our team grant, which included 8 studies and 50+ members over 5 years, has come to an end. Over the next three weeks will be sharing summaries for each of our studies on understanding and managing severe obesity in Canadian children.

To kick things off, check out details on our team grant as a whole below!

Take a peek at our published protocol:

Team ABC3. The Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3): team grant and research proposal. BMC Research Notes. 2017 Dec;10(1):301.

A huge thank you to our funders for supporting this important work!