Can This Study Help Someone You Know?

What is going on at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)? A very exciting development that might be useful to some of our readers, or to someone they know in Southern California. So please feel free to share the tweet shown at the top of this page. If you have a child or know a child who needs this help, here is the link to go to for more information and the application procedure.

This upcoming interventional study has two titles: the long one is “An Addiction Model Based Mobile Health Weight Loss Intervention With Coaching in Adolescents With Overweight and Obesity: Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial,” and the shorter version is “An Addiction-Based Mobile Health Weight Loss Intervention With Coaching.”

These are the bare-bones details:

Purpose of Research:
To test the effectiveness of an addiction-based weight loss intervention, embodied first as a smartphone app with telephone coaching (AppCoach) compared to (1) addiction model based weight-loss app alone (App) and (2) multi-disciplinary in-clinic weight loss intervention (Clinic) on weight outcomes of overweight and obese adolescents at 3, 6, 12 and 18 months post enrollment.

1. Age 14-18 years 2. Able to read English 3. Body mass index [BMI] ≥85th percentile for age and gender

Time Commitment/Requirements:
18 months: group 1 and 2: 5 visits group 3: 9 visits Compensation provided.

Here is a roundup of the coverage so far, of this series of studies:

Next, we noted Dr. Pretlow’s speech given at CHLA last August, saying…

The randomized controlled trial will continue for three years, which is quite a respectable length of time for a study, with a nice number of subjects, too — 180 overweight adolescents participating through four or possibly five institutions.

This next set of posts covered some of the individuals involved in this large and complicated endeavor. Dr. Steven Mittelman is a pediatric endocrinologist who investigates, among other things, the relationship between obesity and cancer, under the auspices of the Diabetes and Obesity Program at CHLA.

And now, other professionals lending their talents and expertise:

Other related articles are: “Saban Institute Shares Research News” and “Diabetes and Obesity at CHLA.”

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About Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow is a pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist. He has been researching and spreading awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic in the US for more than a decade.
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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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