for people ages 5-12 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.



The objective of this proposed study is to collect initial efficacy data on a telehealth family-based behavioral program for Latino children with overweight or obesity, which also includes additional caregiver support (PBT-AC), compared with health education (HE).

Official Title

Caregivers as the Agent of Change for Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease Risk Among Latino Families


The study will compare the efficacy of PBT-AC and health education program delivered via telehealth on child weight loss. Investigators will provide 6 months of a group program (PBT-AC or HE) and will follow participants at 12-months post-treatment (total time = 18 months). Investigators will recruit children with overweight or obesity and two caregivers. Families will be assessed at 5 timepoints: baseline, mid-treatment, post-treatment, 6-month and 12-month follow-up. Assessments will include the following for the child and primary caregiver: anthropometry, blood sample collection, eating behaviors, and family relationship measures. The other caregiver will complete surveys about eating behaviors and family relationships. This program of research has the potential to advance the standard of practice for Latino children with overweight or obesity by developing tailored interventions which can be easily disseminated.


Childhood Obesity, Minority Health, obesity, treatment, intervention, behavioral treatment, parent based treatment, Hispanic, Latino, children, Pediatric Obesity, Parent-based treatment- All caregivers (PBT-AC), Health Education (HE), PBT-AC


You can join if…

Open to people ages 5-12

  • A child with overweight/obesity (85% BMI and above for age) aged 5 to 12 years
  • Primary parent who is responsible for food preparation willing to participate and complete all assessments
  • At least one other caregiver who is over 18 years of age (parent, grandparent, other close family member, friend or child care provider) who is willing to commit to attending at least 50% of all treatment visits
  • Parent and caregiver can read Spanish or English at a minimum of a 5th grade level, and willing to participate in a group setting in Spanish or English together
  • Parent and Child is on a stable medication regimen (minimum of 3 months) for anything that could impact weight.
  • Parent and caregiver have access to a device that can facilitate zoom meetings. If the parent and caregiver do not have access to a device, the family will be provided with such.
  • Family must plan to remain in the San Diego or surrounding areas within the time frame of the study
  • One of the parent or caregivers identifies as Hispanic/Latino

You CAN'T join if...

  • Child diagnosis of a serious chronic physical disease (e.g., cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes) for which physician supervision of diet and/or exercise is needed
  • Child with a severe behavioral or psychiatric disorder that would interfere with treatment (e.g., conduct disorder, severe depression, significant autism spectrum disorder)
  • Acute parent or caregiver psychiatric disorder (e.g., acute suicidality; recent hospitalization; psychosis, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, moderate or severe alcohol or substance use disorder) that could interfere with treatment
  • Inability to participate in physical activity due to significant disability
  • First degree relative or someone in the household with anorexia or bulimia
  • Parent is pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the duration of the study
  • Parent has had bariatric surgery less than 6 months ago and/or is not yet eating solid food post-surgery, or is planning to have a bariatric surgery over the course of study participation (18 months)
  • Parent or child are taking insulin for Type II Diabetes
  • Parent or child are taking weight loss medications


  • UC San Diego Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) accepting new patients
    La Jolla California 92037 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.
    Professor, Pediatrics, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 142 research publications


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University of California, San Diego
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Expecting 160 study participants
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