Innovative research will advance our understanding of the root causes and effective models for obesity prevention and treatment, focused on early childhood intervention. We bring people together to stimulate research on obesity prevention and treatment across divisions, departments and institutions to inform and improve current obesity-related care and policies. Areas of research focus include clinical, community, and basic science in addition to using information technology. Most of the studies involve children and families from neighboring high-risk populations and communities where obesity rates are among the highest in the city. The Healthy Weight Program continues to make progress on existing projects and move forward on several exciting new studies.
Investigators will develop a novel, family-based behavioral intervention (Re-Pace) to retrain 4- to 7-year-old rapid eaters at high risk for becoming obese to reduce their rate of eating and to develop self-awareness of satiety. Their results will be compared to a usual care group.
This study aims to test the effectiveness of a community-based peer mentoring intervention to improve home food preparation practices among families with children from birth to 3 years in West Philadelphia.
In partnership with a community based organization, Investing in Ourselves, this project will investigate strategies on goal setting related to diet and physical activity that have the highest rates of success for children and their families.
Through an academic-community partnership with a community based organization, Maternity Care Coalition, the study aims to develop, evaluate, and implement an intervention to reduce postpartum weight retention and increase breastfeeding duration among low income women.
Information from electronic health records will be used to assess current obesity-related care in the CHOP pediatric network and to develop models that can predict the development of obesity and related diseases.
This study will develop and examine a novel peer-based, social media-enabled intervention delivered primarily through private Facebook groups, that promote behavior change through modeling to prevent obesity in infants from birth to 6 months of age.
The intervention will be developed in partnership with the target population of low-income mothers at high risk of having obese children and with pediatricians. The study will test intervention feasibility, acceptability and impact on outcomes, including behaviors associated with healthy weight.
Using electronic health records, we are extracting obesity-related data from patient records in the Healthy Weight Clinic and CHOP's network of primary care practices. We will also ultimately obtain data from specialty care, emergency medicine and inpatient locations.
The registry will be a longitudinal record of anthropometric and other data including patient-reported information (e.g., physical activity, positive affect, body image, etc.) on patients seen at CHOP and will advance our understanding of operational efficiencies as well as clinical outcomes.
The purpose of the trial is to use a mouse model of hypothalamic obesity to identify drugs effective in its prevention and treatment.
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