Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

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5.5We have a very exciting update for our study “Examining obesity-related risk factors using the 4Ms framework (metabolic, mechanical, mental, milieu) in children with excess weight“! Continue reading

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New Team ABC3 Publication!


Back in September we shared that Hayyah Clairman‘s MSc work on our Team ABC3 study ‘pathways to eating: determining eating behaviour phenotypes in children with severe obesity‘ under the supervision of Dr. Jill Hamilton was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Obesity.

We are thrilled to share that it has now been published!

Other team members on this work include: Elizabeth Dettmer, Annick Buchholz, Kristina Cordeiro, Katerina Maximova, Alene Toulany, and Katherine Morrison.

Awesome work, Hayyah and team!

Clairman et al., International Journal of Obesity, 2018

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New Team ABC3 Publication!

hooray_grande.pngArnaldo Perez led the day-to-day activities for Study 5.2: Predictors of treatment initiation for children with severe obesity referred for tertiary-level management of obesity while completing his PhD at UAlberta under the supervision of Dr. Ball.

We’re proud to share that his work was recently published in The Journal of Pediatrics! His cross-sectional study included 2014 children (2-17 years of age; body mass index of ≥85th percentile) referred to multidisciplinary clinical care in Alberta. Results showed that less than 40% of those referred enrolled in care, highlighting the need to enhance treatment uptake for pediatric weight management, especially boys and girls with severe obesity.

Other Team ABC3 members on the publication included Katerina Maximova, Nick Holt, Josephine Ho, Paola Luca, and Geoff Ball.

Way to go, team!

Perez et al., J Pediatr, 2018

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STOMP Early Years – Trial Video

39181-STOMP_taglinelogo_pmsDr. Catherine Birken (Team ABC3 Project Leader) and her team have created a whiteboard video as a engaging recruitment tool for the Team ABC3 study, “STOMP Early Years: A pilot randomized controlled trial of an intensive, family-centred home visiting intervention for young children with severe obesity”.

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Our First Annual General Meeting!


Over the weekend, our team members met for our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa as a satellite meeting to the 6th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity! Because our team stretches across Canada, this was our first chance to get together in person to discuss study progress and network with one another among other things.

Check out some of the highlights!

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More Help @ Home


As many will recall, Catherine Birken and her team in Toronto are leading one of our Team ABC3 studiesa pilot RCT of a home-based intervention (+ community support) for young children with severe obesity. Although home-based interventions for managing pediatric obesity are still novel, some interesting evidence is emerging. Continue reading

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Let’s Get Rolling!

Team ABC3 is ready to start

If you’re looking for updates on our Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3), then you’ve come to the right place!

As most of you already know, our team, which includes ~50 researchers, collaborators, and policy-makers from across the country, were successful in receiving funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in a funding competition designed to support research in bariatric care for severe obesity (SO).

We are eager to begin our series of studies which will be conducted over the next five years. The breadth of this research will cover two broad themes — understanding and managing SO.

Understanding SO:

  1. Determine how common SO is,
  2. Assess whether SO increases health care use,
  3. Examine health risks in children with SO,
  4. Explore treatment preferences and experiences in children with SO and a disability and their parents, and
  5. Study factors that predict managing SO.

Managing SO:

  1. Evaluate whether adding a health coach improves children’s ability to adhere to a web-based weight management program and
  2. Test the feasibility and effect of a community-based weight management program for children with SO and their parents that combines group sessions and home visits.

Be sure to follow Team ABC3 as we undertake this project to help provide the best possible care for children with SO and their families! This blog will keep all of our colleagues, collaborators, and friends in the know, however, please feel free to share this to others who are interested to learn more about Team ABC3 and our progress!