The percentage of overweight children between the ages of 6 and 11 has nearly tripled in the
last three decades, and rates are even higher among African Americans.Overweight children
are at-risk for numerous health problems, thus effective treatments are urgently needed.
This study will evaluate an innovative intervention for ethnically diverse parents
(NOURISH), which focuses on helping parents role model and teach their children healthy
Pediatric overweight is a national public health concern. The percentage of overweight
children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 and 11 has nearly tripled in the last 3 decades.
African American children are particularly at risk. Pediatric overweight is associated with
numerous physical and psychological health problems. Moreover, overweight children are at
significant risk for obesity in adulthood. Thus, a focus on pediatric overweight is an
important step in the prevention of adult obesity.
Despite the urgent need for pediatric overweight interventions, outcomes of some of the most
rigorous treatments are, at best, mixed. Although research has found that including parents
in interventions for pediatric overweight has positive effects on outcomes, parental
involvement is usually limited. Moreover, relatively few studies have included sufficient
numbers of lower-SES, African American participants, a group at increased risk for pediatric
overweight and associated complications. This study will evaluate the efficacy of an
intensive intervention targeting ethnically diverse parents of overweight, children ages
6-11 (NOURISH—Nourishing Our Understanding of Role Modeling to Improve Support and Health).
- To qualify for participation, parents/caregivers must have a child between the ages
of 6 and 11 with a BMI > the 85th percentile .
- This child must also primarily reside in the participating caregiver's home.
- Participants also need to speak English fluently, and be able to understand and
follow basic instructions and perform simple exercises.
- Caregivers are ineligible if they are:
3. or have a clinical diagnosis that may be negatively impacted by exercise.
- Parents whose children have a medical condition or developmental disorder that
precludes weight loss using conventional diet and exercise methods are also
ineligible for participation.
All parents meeting study criteria will be offered participation in the randomized trial
comparing NOURISH with a control group.