We are currently experiencing an epidemic of obesity in the Pediatric Population. This
epidemic affects many areas including quality of life.
We have been conducting a nutrition and exercise program since 2003. We have noticed that
many of the participants seem to have a better quality of life after finishing the one year
program compared to when they started. We would like to objectively quantify this
improvement using a validated questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the study.
Questionnaires will be given to participants and to their caretakers at the same time.
There will be two groups in the study: one intervention (minimum attendance of 4 sessions)
and one control group.
We are currently experiencing an obesity epidemic in the Pediatric population. The latest
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data indicates that 16.5% has a
BMI greater than or equal to 85% < 95% and 17.1% has a BMI greater than or equal to 95%.
The quality of life of children who are obese has been shown to be lower than that of
children with cancer. Health related quality of life measurements have emerged as an
important health outcome in clinical trials, clinical practice improvement strategies, and
healthcare services research and evaluation. We have conducted a behavioral nutrition and
exercise program since 2003. The name of the program is Teens, Empowerment, Exercise,
Education, Nutrition (TEEEN) Program. We meet once a month on a Saturday afternoon for four
hours. During this time we cover: registration (monitoring of sedentary activities and
liquid choices; motivational interview, exercise testing); exercise; educational interactive
lectures; didactic games and projects. We have noticed that participants seem to have a
better quality of life after participating in the program compared to baseline. We would
like to objectively quantify this subjective finding. We will be using the Pediatric
Quality of Life Inventory Version 4.0 (PedsQL(TM)4.0) questionnaire which has been validated
in the pediatric population. We will have an intervention and a control group. Both
participants and their caretakers will be given a questionnaire at the beginning and at the
end of the study.
- Ages 10-20
- BMI greater or equal to 85%