Technology brings clinic to families in new childhood obesity study

UBNow, April 5, 2017

A $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant will enable Graduate School of Education professor Myles S. Faith to test a family-based treatment for childhood obesity using innovative technology that allows study participants to be treated in their homes.

The five-year study, involving second-to-fourth-grade children living in rural Kansas, will take advantage of effective research and treatment for overweight children that already is used in family-based treatments, according to Faith, professor and associate chair of the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology.

But as part of this study, children will be treated using telemedicine, taking advantage of cyberspace to link children and their families to treatment they would normally receive in an office or in school.

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