Severe Obesity & Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth

Recently, a colleague of ours (Joe Skelton, Wake Forest University) published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on severe obesity and risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, dyslididemia, etc.) using nationally-representative, pediatric data from the US. There’s been quite a bit of coverage of the paper in the media (examples here and here), which highlights the interest and the seriousness of the issue among boys and girls with severe obesity. Finally, our own Nicole Gehring wrote about the study on our Team ABC3 blog, which saved me some work. Thx Nic!



Managing Severe Obesity in Children and Youth

A recent paper by researchers in Germany showed the impact that lifestyle interventions have on the weight status of children and youth at different degrees of obesity. As we know, most individuals with obesity experience modest improvements in weight status from traditional lifestyle interventions, but they teased out differential responses based on age and weight status, highlighting the variability in responses to care.


Knop et al., Pediatr Obes, 2015

CIHR Team Grant Submitted

Earlier this week, our team grant was successfully submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In the end, our Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3) includes 26 researchers from 5 provinces, 11 decision-makers representing provincial and national agencies, and an international Scientific Advisory Board. Our research is designed to improve our understanding and management of severe obesity (SO) in children. Fingers crossed (we find out the results in October)!


New PCWH Paper Published – Severe Pediatric Obesity

Our most recent paper including data from PCWH families was published online (here) today by BMC Pediatrics. As many of you know, little has been published regarding severe obesity in children, so our paper is relatively unique in showing that boys and girls with SO not only have a worse cardiometabolic health profile, but their lifestyle habits are less favourable than their less overweight/obese peers.

Congratulations to Hebah (PhD Student in Nutrition at UAlberta) for getting her first academic publication!


New Team Grant Opportunity for Severe Obesity

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research recently announced a new funding competition for Team Grants related to Severe Obesity. I’m part of a team of researchers and clinicians from across the country who’ll submit a research proposal focused on pediatrics, and I’ll share additional details as our team and projects develop over the coming weeks. Info about the funding is available here.