Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children


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


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


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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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!