Paediatrics and Health

Paediatrics and Health

ISSN 2052-935X
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Evaluation of BMI in obese adolescents at weight-loss camp with the Boy Scouts of America

Marsha B. Novick1†*, Erik Lehman2† and Ronald J. Williams3†

*Correspondence: Marsha B. Novick

†These authors contributed equally to this work.

1. Department of Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, USA.

Author Affiliations

2. Biostatistician Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, USA.

3. Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, USA.


Background: Summertime is particularly problematic for obese youth, as this unstructured time typically shows accelerated weight gain. We hypothesized that obese adolescents participating in a pilot summer camp program, developed in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, would demonstrate significant weight loss and improvement of metabolic parameters.

Methods: Obese and overweight adolescent males between ages 13 and 18 were eligible for enrollment. BMI (kg/m²) and additional anthropometric and metabolic measurements were measured at the start and end of the 4 week camp.

Results: Thirteen participants enrolled and ten participants with the mean age of 16.1 years finished camp. Among these ten participants, BMI decreased by 9.1% (40.2±13.0 kg/m² vs. 36.5±12.0 kg/m²; p<0.001). Waist circumference decreased by 7.4% (48.4±9.6 cm vs. 44.9±9.4 cm; p<0.001), and fasting glucose levels decreased by 23.1% (84 mg/dL vs. 62 mg/dL; p=0.001).

Conclusions: BMI and metabolic parameters significantly improved after 4 weeks of camp. Partnering with the Boy Scouts of America is an innovative approach to creating a summer weight management camp for adolescents.

Keywords: Childhood obesity, weight loss treatment, blood pressure, hyperlipidemia

ISSN 2052-935X
Volume 3
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