Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children


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Limitations of z-Scores in Assessing Obesity Interventions

growth_1A recent study concludes that expressing very high BMIs relative to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 95th percentile would be preferable to using BMI-for-age, particularly when assessing the effectiveness of interventions.

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More Help @ Home

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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Bariatric Surgery in Youth

Surgery

Bariatric surgery is increasingly being considered for managing severe obesity in youth. Surgical interventions can lead to a substantial reduction in obesity and weight-related consequences, but many questions remain about the long-term effects on youths’ developing bodies and minds. Continue reading


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In Focus…with Team ABC3 Member, Paola Luca

In Focus…with Team ABC3 Member, Paola LucaPaola Luca, MD, FRCPC, MSc is a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. There is no doubt that she will be quite busy as she works on three of the seven studies Team ABC3 will be conducing over the next 5 years: 1) Predictors of treatment initiation for children with Severe Obesity referred for tertiary-level management of obesity, 2) 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), and 3) 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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