Improving markers of cardiometabolic risk in children with obesity through a short-term camp-based immersion

Suliane Beatriz Rauber, Caio Victor Sousa, Liane Beretta De Azevedo, Alisson Luiz da Silva, Thiago dos Santos Rosa, Wainny Rocha Guimarães Ritter, Geiziane Melo, Bibiano Madrid, Herbert Gustavo Simões, Carmen Silvia Grubert Campbell

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Objective: To examine the effect of a short summer camp on cardiometabolic risk markers in children with obesity. Methods: Twenty children with overweight or obesity (9 boys and 11 girls, 9.38±1.06 years, BMI: 25.1±2.2 kg.m2(-1)) participated in the study. The camp lasted five days and included physical activity, diet and educational sessions delivered by a multidisciplinary team to promote healthy habits and develop coping strategies to manage their weight. Anthropometrics, blood pressure, cardiovascular reactivity, and cardiometabolic risk markers were measured at baseline and at the end of the 5th intervention day. Results: The five days short-term intervention significantly reduced body mass (baseline 53.1±9.1 and post 52.0±8.9, p<0.001), BMI (baseline 25.1±2.2 and post 24.6 ± 2.2, p<0.001), and Waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) (baseline 0.54 ± 0.04 and post 0.52 ± 0.04). The intervention also resulted in a 34% decrease in homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance index (HOMA IR) and 34% HOMA beta (effect size 0.471 and 0.921, respectively). Total cholesterol, LDL-c, triglycerides significantly reduced respectively 21.3±4.2mg/dl-1, 10.8±3.4mg/dl-1 ± and 29.6±5,8mg/dl-1 after five days of intervention respectively. Conclusion: A short-term summer camp was effective to reduce BMI and improve metabolic markers in children with obesity
Original languageEnglish
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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    Beatriz Rauber, S., Sousa, C. V., Beretta De Azevedo, L., da Silva, A. L., Rosa, T. D. S., Guimarães Ritter, W. R., ... Grubert Campbell, C. S. (Accepted/In press). Improving markers of cardiometabolic risk in children with obesity through a short-term camp-based immersion. Preventing chronic disease.