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Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents

pp 309-324

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Partnering with Adolescents, Parents, Researchers, and Family Medicine Clinics to Address Adolescent Weight and Weight-Related Behaviors

  • Jerica M. BergeAffiliated withDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School Email author 
  • , Katharine DidericksenAffiliated withChild Development and Family Relations, East Cardina University
  • , Michaela BucchianeriAffiliated withDivision of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • , Shailendra PrasadAffiliated withDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • , Dianne Neumark-SztainerAffiliated withDivision of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

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Abstract

Given the prevalence of adolescent overweight/obesity and disordered eating behaviors and the negative consequences associated with these conditions, it is important to develop interventions to reduce the risk of overweight/obesity and disordered eating behaviors in adolescents. Previous interventions targeting adolescent obesity and/or disordered eating behaviors have had limited success. There is a need to intervene with adolescents in a new way to address obesity and disordered eating behaviors simultaneously and in partnership with adolescents, parents, researchers, and family medicine clinics. An adolescent obesity and disordered eating prevention intervention was developed using focus groups with community members to guide the development of the intervention that simultaneously targeted the reduction of weight and harmful weight-related behaviors (e.g., fasting, binging, purging). A group-based and family-level intervention was ultimately designed which incorporated individual support from peers at a group level carried out at a family medicine “medical home” clinic, family-level support delivered through in-home visits, and social support via social media (i.e., Google+). Feasibility of carrying out the UMatter intervention was assessed and process evaluations were conducted with adolescents, parents, and staff who carried out the intervention.

Keywords

Adolescents Parents Overweight/obesity Disordered eating behaviors Community-based participatory research