The prevalence of childhood obesity in the UK is high, and the NHS needs programmes which are effective in helping children who are already obese or overweight. A new programme called ‘Families for Health’ has been developed at the University of Warwick to help families reduce obesity in children aged 6 to 11.
Aim of the project
The aims of the research are to find out if the ‘Families for Health’ programme manages to reduce the degree of overweight (BMI z-score) and to estimate whether the programme is value for money.
This is a group-based programme, 10 weeks long, involving children and their parents. In addition to a focus on healthy eating and activity, it is designed to help parents develop their parenting skills to support lifestyle changes within the family. This study is a randomised controlled trial comparing Families for Health with the ‘usual care’ across in Coventry, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton. 120 families will be randomly allocated to the two treatment arms.