Association between a school-based intervention and adiposity outcomes in adolescents: The Italian "eAT" project

Federica Ermetici, Roberta F. Zelaschi, Silvia Briganti, Elena Dozio, Maddalena Gaeta, Federico Ambrogi, Gabriele Pelissero, Guido Tettamanti, Massimiliano Marco Corsi Romanelli, Michele Carruba, Lelio Morricone, Alexis E. Malavazos

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Objective To evaluate whether a school-based multicomponent educational program could improve adiposity measures in middle-school adolescents. Methods A non-randomized controlled pilot study was conducted in six state middle schools (487 adolescents, 11-15 years) in townships in an urban area around Milan, three schools (n = 262 adolescents) being assigned to the intervention group and three schools (n = 225 adolescents) to the control group. The two-school-year intervention included changes in the school environment (alternative healthy vending machines, educational posters) and individual reinforcement tools (school lessons, textbook, text messages, pedometers, re-usable water bottles). The main outcome measure was change in BMI z-score. The secondary outcomes were changes in waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and behavioral habits. Results The intervention was associated with a significant difference in BMI z-score (-0.18 ± 0.03, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-695
Number of pages9
JournalObesity
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Ermetici, F., Zelaschi, R. F., Briganti, S., Dozio, E., Gaeta, M., Ambrogi, F., Pelissero, G., Tettamanti, G., Marco Corsi Romanelli, M., Carruba, M., Morricone, L., & Malavazos, A. E. (2016). Association between a school-based intervention and adiposity outcomes in adolescents: The Italian "eAT" project. Obesity, 24(3), 687-695. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.21365