Web-based weight management programs for children and adolescents: A systematic review of randomized controlled trial studies

Ji Young An, Laura L. Hayman, Young Shin Park, Tresa K. Dusaj, Cynthia G. Ayres

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Abstract

More than 17% of children aged 6 to 19 years living in the United States are classified as overweight. Medical costs related to overweight and obesity were recently estimated to approximate $100 billion annually. The purpose of this systematic review was to provide the scientific evidence regarding Web-based weight management programs for overweight children and adolescents. Results suggest the potential for Web-based behavioral change programs for weight management in overweight children and adolescents. Future research should emphasize rigorous methodological adequacies, develop theory-based standardized frameworks, investigate types of interventions appropriate for boys and girls in this age group, evaluate long-term effect of interventions, and examine cost as well as clinical effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-240
Number of pages19
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing

Keywords

  • Body weight
  • Childhood obesity
  • Internet, literature review
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Weight loss

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