Teenagers in London sought for free weight management study

7 Feb 2012, 2:39 p.m.

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Researchers from University College London’s Institute of Child Health are seeking overweight teenagers between 13-17 years to take part in a free weight management programme in their community. Participants will be offered a free £40 iTunes voucher for taking part in the programme and all public transport expenses will be reimbursed.The Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) encourages young people to gain control of their weight by increasing their self-confidence and motivation. HELP encourages young people to set their own goals and focus on why losing weight is important to them. They are encouraged to think about how to achieve these goals in a friendly and supportive environment. Young people and their parents meet a trained provider regularly over six months and learn how to make healthy food choices, increase activity, and think about any other issues that might contribute to overweight.

HELP has already shown promising results at the weight management clinic at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), helping young people get in charge of weight and improving their quality of life. The programme is now being expanded beyond the hospital setting to communities across London.

Professor Russell Viner, Principal Investigator for the programme said: “Thousands of young people across London are known to struggle with their weight every day. Obesity can mean serious health risks for young people in both the short and long term.”
For more information on the programme and to see if you might be eligible, please visit the HELP website: www.helptrial.org.uk, contact Beth Bosiak (Trial Manager) on 0207 905 2317, contact Dr Lee Hudson (Clinical Research Fellow) on 0207 905 2722, or email helptrial@ich.ucl.ac.uk.