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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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

Author
item Wong, William
item Abrams, Stephanie
item Mikhail, Carmen
item Terrazas, Norma
item Wilson, Theresa
item Areco, Diana
item Mrowczynski, Paula
item King, Kristi
item Stansel, Amanda
item Albright, Ashkey
item Barlow, Sarah
item Klish, William

Submitted to: Pediatric Academic Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2008
Publication Date: 5/4/2008
Publication URL: www.abstracts2view.com/pas/view.php?nu=PAS08L1_190
Citation: Wong, W.W., Abrams, S.H., Mikhail, C., Terrazas, N., Wilson, T.A., Areco, D., Mrowczynski, P.K., King, K.L., Stansel, A., Albright, A.N., Barlow, S.E., Klish, W.J. 2008. An innovative summer camp program improves weight and self-esteem in obese children [abstract]. Electronic-Pediatric Academic Societies. Abstract No. 4474.9. Available: http://www.abstracts2view.com/pas/view.php?nu=PAS08L1_190.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Obese children benefit from structured life-style changes and need help with self-esteem, which is lower when compared to normal-weight children. Summer camp might offer an opportunity to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to improve weight and self-esteem. he objective is to determine the effectiveness of Kamp Kaana, a multi-disciplinary, residential summer camp, designed to promote diet and behavior skills for weight control. We hypothesize the program will improve self-esteem, body weight, BMI, physical activity performance, and cardiorespiratory fitness among obese children. Twenty-one obese children (4 males/17 females) between 10 and 14 y of age were enrolled in the 2-wk program between July 15 and 29 of 2007 in Livingston, Texas. In addition to the summer camp activities that enhance physical performance and promote self-esteem, the children were introduced to an 1800 kcal/day Traffic Light diet and received nutrition and behavioral lessons. Changes in self-esteem, body weight, BMI, physical activity performance, and cardiorespiratory fitness were measured before and after the 2-wk program. The campers had an average age of 11.4 +/- 1.4 y, initial body weight of 76.7 +/- 15.7 kg, BMI of 32.4 +/- 4.7 kg/m2, BMI percentile 98.5 +/- 1.4, BMI z-score 2.30 +/- 0.33, and an ethnic composition of 12 Hispanics, 8 Caucasians, and 1 African American. Significant improvements were observed in self-esteem (+0.27 +/- 0.33 point by the Self-Perception Profile for Children, p<0.01), body weight (-3.7 +/- 1.2 kg, p<0.01), BMI (-1.6 +/- 0.48 kg/m2, p<0.01), BMI z-score (-0.12 +/- 0.06, p<0.01), number of curl ups (+10.9 +/- 21.5, p<0.04), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (-10.8 +/- 13.4 and -9.4 +/- 5.5 mmHg, respectively, p<0.01), and heart rate (-8.2 +/- 12.7 bpm, p<0.01). The preliminary results indicate that a multi-disciplinary, skill-learning, and fun summer camp program is effective in improving self-esteem, body weight, BMI, physical performance, and cardiovascular risk factors among obese children. Follow-up assessments are being carried out to determine the long-term effectiveness of the summer camp program for the treatment of childhood obesity.

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