St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Washington University researchers seeking kids for weight loss study

St. Louis – Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine are recruiting families with overweight children for a study to help kids and parents lose and keep off pounds.

The two-year study will look at families with one or more children between the ages of 7 and 11 who are at least 20 percent above their ideal weight.

Researchers say the obesity rate for children has tripled over the last 30 years in the U.S., and early intervention is essential.

The study is funded mostly through federal stimulus spending. The research will be conducted at Washington University in St. Louis in collaboration with Seattle Children's Hospital.

Researchers say about 20 percent of U.S. children are either overweight or obese, putting them at high risk for complicating illnesses such as diabetes.

You can learn more about the study here, or by calling (314) 286-1055.