Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases which can decrease quality of life and raise healthcare costs. Prevention and treatment of obesity in youth can significantly reduce the chance of developing chronic diseases in adulthood. Adolescence is an excellent intervention period, as this is a time when lifelong habits and a sense of self are formed. A school setting is ideal because school is where children are accessible and prepared to learn. Because losing weight may be seen as a complex and difficult process, to make this process less daunting, we propose to study a simplified, stepwise approach to weight loss in adolescents.
Vlahovich, Kevin; Richard Brucker; Sylvia Negrete; Julie Lords; Heidi Roeber Rice; and Alberta Kong. "School-based healthy weight intervention for high school students." (2014). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/epi_pubs/1