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Title: The impact of a school-based weight management program involving parents via mhealth for overweight and obese children and adolescents with intellectual disability : a randomized controlled trial
Authors: Lee, RLT 
Leung, C 
Chen, H
Louie, LHT
Brown, M
Chen, JL
Cheung, G
Lee, PH 
Keywords: Engaging parents via mhealth tools
Home setting
Overweight and obese schoolchildren with mild intellectual disabilities
School-based weight management program
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2017, v. 14, no. 10, 1178, p. 2 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health 
Abstract: There is a scarcity of resources and studies that utilize targeted weight management interventions to engage parents via mHealth tools targeting obese children and adolescents with mild intellectual disabilities (MIDs) extended from school to a home setting. To test the feasibility and acceptability of a school-based weight program (SBWMP) involving parents via mHealth tools designed to reduce weight, enhance knowledge and adopt healthy lifestyles, and thereby achieve better psychosocial well-being among children and adolescents with MIDs. Four special schools were randomly assigned as intervention or control schools. Students from the intervention group (n = 63) were compared to those in the control group (n = 52), which comprised those with usual school planned activities and no parental involvement. Demographics were considered as covariates in a general linear model, an ordinal regression model and a binary logistic regression model analyzing the relationships between the SBWMP and the outcome variables at baseline (T0) and six months later (T1). Body weight, body mass index, and triceps and subscapular skinfold thickness were lower in the intervention group compared to the control group, although the differences were not statistically significant. There was a positive and direct impact of the SBWMP on students’ health knowledge and psychological impacts in the intervention group. The SBWMP extended to the home involving parents via mHealth tools is a feasible and acceptable program for this group with MIDs and their parents.
ISSN: 1661-7827
EISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14101178
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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