Treating rural pediatric obesity through telemedicine: baseline data from a randomized controlled trial.

  • KS G
  • AM D
  • Malone B
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Objective: To describe baseline characteristics of participants in a pediatric obesity intervention tailored specifically to rural families delivered via telemedicine.Methods: Randomized-control trial comparing a family-based behavioral intervention to a usual care condition. Participants Fifty-eight first through fifth graders and their parents from the rural Midwest. Measures Demographic, body mass index (BMI), Actigraph activity monitor information, 24-h dietary recalls, Child Behavior Checklist, Behavioral Pediatrics Feeding Assessment Scale.Results: Child mean BMI was in the 94th percentile for weight. Average daily dietary intake exceeded 2,000 kcal and children consumed over eight servings of high-calorie, low-nutrient-dense foods. Children are engaged in approximately 65 min of moderate, 12 min of vigorous and over 300 min of sedentary physical activity daily.Conclusions: Baseline data suggest children in rural areas may engage in adequate physical activity but eat many daily servings of energy-dense foods. Rural families may benefit from a comprehensive, rurally tailored obesity-related health behavior intervention.

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  • Child
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Clinical Trials
  • Eating Behavior
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Human
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Pediatric Obesity -- Therapy
  • Rural Population
  • Scales
  • Telemedicine
  • Treatment Outcomes

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  • Gallagher KS

  • Davis AM

  • Brett Malone

  • Yasuko Landrum

  • William. Black

  • Katherine Steiger Gallagher

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