New Paper Published – Why Do Families Initiate Weight Management?

To kick off 2016 on a positive note, we’re continuing to publish data collected as part of our Should I Stay or Should I Go? Study. Most recently, our paper (led by Arnaldo Perez, PhD Candidate, Dept of Pediatrics, UAlberta) on reasons and facilitators behind families’ decision to initiate pediatric weight management was published in Child: Care, Health and Development.

At a time when many researchers and clinicians are working to understand and predict attrition from weight management, it was encouraging to take a strengths-based approach to explore how families overcame potential barriers and challenges to accessing services to help their families improve their health and well-being.

On a related note, our Should I Stay or Should I Go? Study will be coming to an end in 2016 as we write, submit, and publish our final papers, some of which are already in review. Will keep you posted as everything is finalized over the coming months.


Up, up, and away…part 2!


Our own Arnaldo Perez (PhD Student/Dept of Pediatrics/UAlberta) received a travel award from the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute to attend the upcoming childhood obesity conference in Winnipeg!

Arnaldo will be presenting a poster on research from our multi-centre qualitative study (Should I Stay or Should I Go?) related to families reasons and decisions to not initiate weight management following a physician referral. Congratulations, Arnaldo!


Ongoing studies at the PCWH

Last week, someone asked me: “What studies do you guys have ongoing at the PCWH?” Great question!

Although we have a number of papers at different stages of preparation and in review at several different journals, most of our team’s time and energy are devoted to the following three projects:

Should I stay or should I go? A 4-site (Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal) qualitative study to explore families’ reasons for initiating, continuing, and terminating health services for managing pediatric obesity. Data collection has ended, and we have a number of papers in development. We published a paper on this study protocol, which is available here:

Working with parents to prevent pediatric obesity in primary care. The inspiration for CORI came from the blog for this study (Thanks, Jill!). To learn more about how we’re working with the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network and the Allin Clinic to prevent pediatric obesity, check out the blog at:

CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR). We’re one of eight clinics from across the country participating in this study to understand more about the children and youth with obesity (and their families) who access multidisciplinary health services for managing pediatric obesity. Over the next few years, we’re be working with our colleagues in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal to recruit ~1,600 boys and girls into this study. A lofty goal, but this project represents a great chance to learn about our families and how we can do the best job possible to help them improve their health and well-being.