Learning from Outliers

In a recent study (see pdf below), researchers mined anthropometric and demographic data from electronic health records (>22,000) collected during well-child visits to calculate the number of children with obesity (n~4,000; BMI >95th percentile) that reduced their weight status over time.

A sub-set of those children who had a reduced BMI trajectory were interviewed (with their parents) to explore their experiences, decisions, and motivations to make healthy changes. Drivers of change, common strategies across families, and how findings from these ‘outliers’ can be applied to obesity prevention and management interventions and services are highlighted.


Sharifi et al., 2014

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