Obese youngsters sought for health trial

Study will test weight management programme

OVERWEIGHT teenagers from Newham are being sought to take part in a healthy lifestyle study.

Researchers are testing the healthy eating lifestyle programme - or HELP - and need volunteers aged between 13 and 17.

They are keen to find people from Newham - where more than a quarter of people are classed as obese - to take part.

The study is being undertaken by researchers from University College London’s Institute of Child Heath and is based at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Potential participants should be clinically obese according to World Health Organisation guidelines.

Those selected to take part will have their travel costs paid for and will be offered �20 in music or high street store vouchers.

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Dr Lee Hudson, medical research fellow for the study, said: “Thousands of young people from across London are known to struggle with their weight every day.

“This study is testing the healthy eating lifestyle programme, which aims to encourage young people to gain control of their weight by increasing their confidence and motivation and by helping them work with family and friends to take control of their lifestyle.

“The programme has already shown promising results in a hospital setting.”

Those interested in taking part should contact trial manager Anne Mathiot on 0207 905 2317 or Dr Hudson on 0207 905 2722.