Teens sought for weight loss trial

Researchers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are looking for young people aged 13 to 17 years to join a 12 -month weight-loss trial.

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Fast Track to Health study will compare the effect of a standard care reduced-calorie eating plan with an intermittent fast style eating plan. The study will also uncover dietary patterns that promote weight loss and wellbeing among young people.

“Modified alternate-day fasting has shown success in adults and this study aims to test whether a similar diet will work among adolescents,” said Professor Louise Baur a consultant paediatrician in weight management at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

“We are looking for young people above a healthy weight range who are interested in improving their health to take part in this 12-month program.”

One in four Australian adolescents are overweight or obese and while short-term weight loss programs have shown success, keeping weight off in the longer term is more difficult. Obesity in later life is linked with a rangehost of health issues, including insulin resistance, orthopaedic disorders, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

Young people participating in the study will need to attend The Children’s Hospital at Westmead several times over the year-long trial. Participants can withdraw from the study at any time. All applicants will be assessed by clinicians and researchers to assess their eligibility before starting the trial.

The study is being done by trained and accredited study personnel. The trial is classified as low risk with no invasive procedures or drug therapy involved.

If you or someone you know would like more information on the Fast Track Trial, visit www.fasttracktrial.com