A Pilot Study of Parent Mentors for Early Childhood Obesity

Byron A. Foster, Christian A. Aquino, Mario Gil, Jonathan A.L. Gelfond, Daniel Hale

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Objective. To assess the feasibility of a parent mentor model of intervention for early childhood obesity using positive deviance-based methods to inform the intervention. Methods. In this pilot, randomized clinical trial, parent-child dyads (age: 2-5) with children whose body mass index (BMI) was ≥95th percentile were randomized to parent mentor intervention or community health worker comparison. The child's height and weight were measured at baseline, after the six-month intervention, and six months after the intervention. Feasibility outcomes were recruitment, participation, and retention. The primary clinical outcome was BMI z-score change. Results. Sixty participants were enrolled, and forty-eight completed the six-month intervention. At baseline, the BMI z-score in the parent mentor group was 2.63 (SD = 0.65) and in the community health worker group it was 2.61 (SD = 0.89). For change in BMI z-score over time, there was no difference by randomization group at the end of the intervention:-0.02 (95% CI:-0.26, 0.22). At the end of the intervention, the BMI z-score for the parent mentor group was 2.48 (SD = 0.58) and for the community health worker group it was 2.45 (SD = 0.91), both reduced from baseline, p < 0.001. Conclusion. The model of a parent mentor clinical trial is feasible, and both randomized groups experienced small, sustained effects on adiposity in an obese, Hispanic population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2609504
JournalJournal of Obesity
Volume2016
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Pediatric Obesity
Body Mass Index
Adiposity
Random Allocation
Hispanic Americans
Randomized Controlled Trials
Clinical Trials
Weights and Measures
Population

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Foster, B. A., Aquino, C. A., Gil, M., Gelfond, J. A. L., & Hale, D. (2016). A Pilot Study of Parent Mentors for Early Childhood Obesity. Journal of Obesity, 2016, [2609504]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/2609504
Foster, Byron A. ; Aquino, Christian A. ; Gil, Mario ; Gelfond, Jonathan A.L. ; Hale, Daniel. / A Pilot Study of Parent Mentors for Early Childhood Obesity. In: Journal of Obesity. 2016 ; Vol. 2016.
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