Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

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Are You Early or Late? Physician Interventions on Childhood Obesity


We know from experience that many physicians choose to intervene late in the clinical course of childhood obesity. However, increased support from colleagues can have a big effect on increasing the chances of early intervention, reports a recent Canadian study.

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Plan of Action – Manitoba Style

Mapping Pediatric Weight Management Programs in Manitoba

Dr. Kristy Wittmeier, Director of Knowledge Translation at the Manitoba Centre for Healthcare Innovation, recently wrote a guest post on Dr. Sharma’s blog – Obesity Notes. She highlights the pursuit of Manitoba healthcare providers and researchers to build a coordinated provincial strategy to promote healthy weight in children and youth. She notes that although Manitoba has made significant progress in type 2 diabetes research and care, they have made less progress in addressing prevention and treatment of obesity in children and youth. In response, they received funding to pursue a study called “Mapping the state of pediatric weight management programs in Manitoba” in which they will look to the Canadian Pediatric Weight Management Registry (CANPWR) and 8 pediatric weight management clinics in the United States to help inform a Manitoba approach.

We still have a way to go, but with projects like this, Canada is well on its way to shed light on key knowledge gaps in our treatment and prevention of childhood obesity.

Check out her full blog post here.

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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!