An innovative summer camp program improves weight and self-esteem in obese children

William W. Wong, Stephanie H. Abrams, Carmen Mikhail, Norma L. Terrazas, Theresa A. Wilson, Diana Arceo, Paula K. Mrowczynski, Kristi L. King, Amanda D. Stansel, Ashley N. Albright, Sarah E. Barlow, Kimberly O. Brown, Jason D. Brown, William J. Klish

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Abstract

To determine the potential benefits of a residential summer camp to treat childhood obesity, 21 obese, multiethnic children (aged 11.4 ± 1.4 years; body mass index [BMI] percentile 98.5 ± 1.4; BMI z score 2.30 ± 0.33) from a diverse socioeconomic background were enrolled in a 2-week summer camp program. Significant improvements (P < 0.04) were observed in self-esteem (+0.27 ± 0.33 point), body weight (-3.7 ± 1.2 kg), BMI (-1.60 ± 0.48 kg/m), BMI z score (-0.12 ± 0.06), number of curl ups (+10.9 ± 21.5), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (-10.8 ± 13.4 and -9.4 ± 5.5 mmHg, respectively), and heart rate (-8.2 ± 12.7 bpm).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

Keywords

  • Behavior modification
  • Childhood obesity
  • Nutrition knowledge
  • Obese children
  • Physical activity
  • Summer camp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology

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    Wong, W. W., Abrams, S. H., Mikhail, C., Terrazas, N. L., Wilson, T. A., Arceo, D., Mrowczynski, P. K., King, K. L., Stansel, A. D., Albright, A. N., Barlow, S. E., Brown, K. O., Brown, J. D., & Klish, W. J. (2009). An innovative summer camp program improves weight and self-esteem in obese children. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 49(4), 493-497. https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0b013e31819b5da2