Increased Monitoring of Physical Activity and Calories With Technology
Since severe obesity in youth has been steadily increasing. Specialized pediatric obesity clinics provide programs to aid in reducing obesity. Since the home environment and parental behavioral modeling are two of the strongest predictors of child weight loss during behavioral weight loss interventions, a family-based treatment approach is best. This strategy has been moderately successful in our existing, evidence-based pediatric weight management program, Brenner Families In Training (Brenner FIT). However, since programs such as Brenner Families in Training rely on face-to-face interactions and delivery, they are sometimes by the time constraints experienced by families. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to develop and pilot a tailored, mobile health component to potentially increase the benefits seen by Brenner FIT standard program components and similar pediatric weight management programs.
• Youth with obesity, 13 - 18yrs, who are enrolled or eligible to enroll in Brenner Families in Training (FIT). Caregivers must live in the home with their youth participants. Obesity is defined a BMI (35.9 +/- 8.6). Participants must also have access to a smartphone or tablet