Childhood Weight Management
Research Study

Researchers at The University of California San Diego and the University of Minnesota are evaluating a weight management program for children with overweight.

Fast Facts

Child with Overweight

child thinks or talks about food

7-12 years old

Compensation Provided

Conducted in San Diego and Minneapolis

Study Background

Researchers at The University of California San Diego and the University of Minnesota are conducting a research study to learn more about child weight changes and overeating episodes. 

Children who have a high food responsiveness (FR) frequently think and talk about food. They also talk about food and can have trouble resisting food in front of them. With this research study, we’re testing tools that could help improve eating patterns and overall health in children with high FR.

This study involves comparing four different treatment options to determine which has the greatest impact on weight and overeating episodes in children with overweight and obesity. Participants will be assigned to either Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Regulation of Cues (ROC), Regulation of Cues with nutrition education and calorie counting (ROC+), or nutrition and health education.

We hope to use findings from this clinical research study to provide families with tools to improve diet and exercise habits for a healthier lifestyle. Further research today and join our compensated study!


Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to determine the effectiveness of 4 weight management programs for children with overweight.

Your child may qualify for this study if they meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • Child ages 7-12
  • A parent who is willing to participate
  • Child has a BMI greater than 85th percentile
  • Family is willing to commit to attending all assessment and treatment sessions
  • Parent can read, speak and understand English at a minimum of a 5th grade level

Once enrolled, this study involves:

  • Completing assessments at baseline, during treatment, post-treatment, 6- and 12- month follow-up
  • Treatment will last approximately 6 months (20 one hour sessions weekly for the first 4 months and biweekly for the last 2 months)

Compensation is provided up to $325 for your time.