Are you the parent of a 14-17 year old who is overweight and owns a cellphone with internet access? If so, your teen may be interested in taking part in a research study to help find out if a social media intervention can lead to healthy eating. Participation involves completing 2 online surveys and viewing the study’s Instagram account for tips on making healthy eating choices.
Teenagers who are overweight are at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. The purpose of this research study is to find out if a social media intervention can help teens make healthier choices about food and drink. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to promote a healthy diet and prevent the development of obesity.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
- Ages 14-17
- Overweight or obese (BMI Calculator: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm)
- Own a cellphone with internet access
- Not currently enrolled in a weight loss program
- No current diagnosis of an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participants will complete two surveys, one at the beginning of the study and one at the end. The surveys can be completed on your teen’s phone or computer and will take less than 5 minutes each. Your teen will be also provided with information for an Instagram account that includes tips about making healthy eating choices.
IRB:STUDY18100086A - Social Media for Health: Utilization of a Social Media Platform Intervention to Improve Eating Habits of Overweight and Obese Adolescents
DURATION: 4 weeks
VISITS: No in-person visits
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Abbey Horner RN, BSN, is a doctor of nursing practice student in the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in primary care pediatrics. She is currently employed as a registered nurse and provides care for pediatric oncology, hematology, and bone marrow transplant patients. She has 4 years of experience working with pediatric patients through her education and schooling and is committed to promoting the health of children and adolescents.