Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Trial ID or NCT#



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This study is conducting preliminary testing to find out whether a particular educational program can alter parental overcontrol of their children's eating. There is evidence from previous studies that children who are irritable, cry a lot, tend to be overcontrolled and are at high risk for developing overweight. If the education program can change parental behavior the next study would examine whether this affects children's weight over a longer period of time.

Official Title

The Development of an Early Intervention for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: 2 Years to 4 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. For study 1, 60 families (120 parents) with a child between the age of 2-4 years will be entered to the study. Children of these families will be at risk for overweight because the family will contain at least one obese parent. For study 2, 100 families (200 parents) will be entered to the study. Children of these families will be at risk for overweight and have a reactive temperament. The reason for using this population is that a combination of parental obesity and a child with a reactive temperament appears to put the child at high risk for the development of overweight.\
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. Parental exclusions:
    1. 1. Not able to comprehend English well enough to participate in assessments or the intervention.2. Serious non-obesity related physical illness, (e.g., cancer), which would preclude participation in assessment or intervention.3. Serious current psychiatric disorder, e.g. schizophrenia, uncontrolled bipolar disorder, mental retardation that would preclude participation in assessment or intervention.4. Single parents
  2. Child exclusions:
    1. 1. Serious physical illness or related treatments that would affect feeding or weight including history of feeding aversion, failure to thrive, and use of nasogastric or gastrostomy feeding.2. Prematurity below 37-weeks associated with prolonged hospitalization, ongoing need for nutritional supplementation, or naso-gastric feeding.(parental report)3. Serious current developmental problems including any that might interfere with self-feeding or require additional parental feeding support e.g. developmental delay, autism. (parental report).


W. Stewart Agras