Connect for Health for Obesity

EnrollingByInvitation · < 18 · All Sexes · Denver, CO

This study is evaluating whether a program can help primary care practices to improve the health of children.

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About the trial for Obesity

Eligible Conditions
Overweight · Obesity · Overweight and Obesity · Obesity, Severe · Obesity, Morbid

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Connect For Health is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Connect for Health
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
All children receiving primary care at the participating health centers across the three health system
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: One year
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: One year
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: One year.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Connect for Health will improve 1 primary outcome in patients with Obesity. Measurement will happen over the course of One year.

Change in child Body Mass Index
Age- and sex-specific Body Mass Index z-score

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
E. T.
Elsie Taveras, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What causes obesity?

Obesity in Australia, for the most part, is an inevitable consequence of increased wealth in spite of increased physical activity. Eating less and moving more were also important causes of obesity.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get obesity a year in the United States?

More than 28 percent of adults and children had obesity in 2014. More than half of U.S adults (n = 3.1 million) and 39 percent of children live with obesity. The health consequences related to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Those who are not obese have a much higher risk of dying from a variety of other diseases than those who are. In 2017 1 million US adults and 3.4 million US children will die from all cause diseases, including obesity-related diseases. Approximately 5% of adults and 10% of children in the United States (i.e., 14.4 million and 18.2 million) suffer from obesity-related diseases at a point in their lives.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for obesity?

Although obesity can be treated with diet, exercise, and medication, and many patients who are obese would like to lose weight, obesity is a major obstacle preventing them from doing so. Obesity will cause many diseases including hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Obesity treatments vary by type of patient, but typically include behavior modification and lifestyle changes such as consuming fewer calories and increasing exercise. Diet pills or diet pills combined with exercise are often prescribed as well.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of obesity?

Obesity and obesity-related diseases are major threats to health with increasing prevalence in all ages. A multidisciplinary approach to the individual, tailored to the patient's health needs at admission, is best practise to prevent and treat obese patients adequately.

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What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as an abnormal or increased body fat distribution, including excess body fat with respect to body fat distribution (e.g., adiposity rebound, obesity bulge, obesity waist). Obesity is associated with cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, obesity-associated hypertension, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and an increased risk of cancer.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can obesity be cured?

Very few of the patients with non-alcoholic cirrhosis were cured within 5 years, and many others were only partially reverted. Obesity could not be cured. A better understanding of the mechanisms of the development of cirrhosis and obesity and of their cross-connection may lead to an improved treatment of cirrhosis and obesity.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the primary cause of obesity?

The prevalence of overweight and obesity is very high in the population of Brazil. The increase in childhood obesity rate was greater than the adult obesity rate. The lifestyle of the Brazilian population is influenced by the consumption of high-fat, high-sugar and low-fiber foods. The high intake of foods with a lower quality has contributed to increase the prevalence of overweight and obesity in both adults and children in the Brazilian population.

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How serious can obesity be?

Obesity is associated with some severe morbidities, including early death and long-term medical costs. However, an obese person will usually have a healthier life expectancy than an average-weight person if they limit their intake of simple carbohydrates and fats. Overall, obesity is an important health concern that warrants urgent attention and research.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the latest research for obesity?

There is little current research on the effects of obesity on patient and population wellbeing, health service access and use, and public policy on obesity. There is no good information available on the current trends and interventions in the US and the UK. More research is required into the effects of obesity on all three of these factors, with specific attention to the health service impacts on obese people.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been other clinical trials involving connect for health?

Evidence is inconclusive as to whether or not the use of an Internet-based weight management program can effectively help clinicians to improve the clinical outcome of their patients with obesity. It is possible that some of these trials result in the use of the Internet itself being adopted as a'standard practice'. Further well-designed and properly controlled trials are needed to provide a clear indication of the influence of any clinical protocol.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been any new discoveries for treating obesity?

It appears that we may have reached a stage where we are getting more and more obese people with more serious problems, and we have to decide whether it’s going to be worthwhile spending money and effort on obesity treatment. The question is how it is decided if someone needs to lose weight? What is the best method of obesity treatment? For example, there’s already been a whole new class of drugs called “fibrates” which are now being used extensively, and I feel we may be seeing a new trend of obese people requiring them on a daily basis, a year after the first generation of obesity drugs were introduced. I guess the question of whether or not to offer these drugs would be interesting.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the common side effects of connect for health?

There are many common side effects of connect. In addition to nausea and fatigue, other common side effects of connect include acne, itching, rash, dry skin, hoarseness, mouth sores, sore throat, urinary tract infection, and back, chest, or arms pain. The FDA, however, notes that one should "keep in mind that some of these side effects are very common and may be expected when using a product that contains natural ingredients". Some of the side effects may stop your treatment from working altogether, and there are no known side effects that are very dangerous to your health, such as cancer or birth defects.

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