Several recent studies have showed a leveling off or reduction in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children. Continue reading
Over the past few years, we published several papers related to developing and refining an eHealth intervention for parents to prevent obesity in children. Our Resource Information Program for Parents on Lifestyle and Education (RIPPLE) Study was led day-to-day by Jill Byrne (Avis; PhD Graduand, Dept of Pediatrics, UAlberta). Continue reading
Are you on the lookout for the most up-to-date childhood obesity research?
A number of studies have examined how front-of-package (FOP) information and menu labeling can influence the purchasing decisions we make in different settings and circumstances (in a grocery store, at a restaurant, standing in front of a vending machine). The underlying assumption is that ‘knowledge is power’; people will make informed, rational decisions at the point-of-purchase and make healthy food choices. While this might work for some people, some of the time, in some settings, this only represents part of the story….not to mention that most people don’t make food purchasing and eating decisions in the absence of emotion.
As part of her graduate research, Jill Avis (PhD Candidate, UAlberta) completed a study this past year to examine the use of tools and resources to help prevent childhood obesity among a group of clinicians working in primary care. Continue reading
In case you missed it ‘live’ yesterday, the archived #CochraneChild journal club discussion about obesity prevention in children is now posted online: http://bit.ly/JC3Obesity