Addressing risk factors of overweight and obesity among adolescents in out-of-home care: The healthy eating and active living (HEAL) study

Helen Skouteris, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Marita McCabe, Rachael Cox, Robyn Miller, Amanda D. Jones, Stella Omerogullari, Kate Morrison

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Rates of overweight and obesity increase significantly whilst children and young people are in out-of-home care. This paper provides the protocol for a study, funded by the Australian Research Council (2012–2014), being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a Healthy Eating and Active Living intervention programme for adolescents who live in out-of-home residential care. This randomised trial will be conducted with 118 adolescents aged 13–17 years of age in out-of-home residential care and the residential staff who look after them. Adolescents’ eating habits, physical activity levels, psychological well-being, body dissatisfaction and weight status will be assessed at baseline, immediately post the programme (which runs for 6 months), and again 12 months post baseline. Similar measures will be obtained from residential carers (across the same time points). If effective, this programme could be implemented as usual care to modify levels of obesity amongst these vulnerable young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-548
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Eating habits
  • Obesity
  • Out-of-home residential care
  • Physical activity
  • Young people

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