|Purpose||Designed to promote healthy dietary habits and increase physical activity among obese adolescents. (1987)|
|Program Focus||Behavior Modification|
|Population Focus||Overweight/Obese Individuals|
|Topic||Obesity, Diet/Nutrition, Physical Activity|
|Age||This information has not been reported.|
|Gender||This information has not been reported.|
|Race/Ethnicity||This information has not been reported.|
|Setting||This information has not been reported.|
|Funded by||HRSA (Grant number(s) not available.)|
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Participants who tested this program were obese adolescent boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old in northern California. Of the participants, 88% were White; 7% were Hispanic; 3% were Black; and 2% were Asian. Weight ranged from 128 to 297 pounds for all populations represented in the study.
Adolescents (N = 66) from four intervention sites in northern California were randomized to the SHAPEDOWN program or a control group. Sites included a rural health department, a rural nutrition private practice, a suburban medical clinic, and an urban medical center. Nutritionists volunteered as SHAPEDOWN group leaders and conducted 14 weekly sessions (now offered in 10 sessions) for adolescents and two sessions for parents. Each 90-minute session included voluntary weigh-in, leader facilitated group interactions, and an exercise period. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 3-, 6- and 15-month follow-up.
- At 3- and 15- month follow-up, SHAPEDOWN adolescents improved their relative weight (percent of mean weight for height, age, and sex), weight-related behavior, self-esteem, weight management knowledge, and demonstrated less depression; whereas the control group only improved on self-esteem.
Mellin LM. (1991). Managing Child and Adolescent Obesity: The SHAPEDOWN Program. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 6 (4), 70-76.
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