Childhood Obesity Prevention & Treatment Research Consortium
Project Period: 9/1/2010 - 4/30/2017
Contact: Dr. Charlotte Pratt
Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. This research program is a collaborative effort between NHLBI and NICHD. It supports multiple outstanding controlled trials that are testing the efficacy of innovative interventions that address issues immediately germane to the childhood obesity epidemic. There are two obesity prevention and two treatment trials. Applicant institutions are designing and conducting randomized controlled trials to test innovative prevention or treatment interventions that are preceded by pilot studies. The two obesity prevention trials will develop and test approaches that target home, community, and primary care settings for preschool children living in low income and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The two obesity treatment trials will examine obesity therapies for overweight and obese children 7 to 16 years old in school and home settings in collaboration with local youth organizations. The ultimate goal is prevention of future obesity-related morbidity and mortality.