Incorporating Yoga into a Pediatric Weight Management Program: A Pilot Study.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of yoga incorporated into a pediatric weight management program (promoting health in teens; PHIT Yoga) to racially diverse caregivers and youth and to compare this program with a cohort that received a program that did not include yoga (PHIT Kids). Methods: Thirty children with obesity were enrolled in a 12-week pediatric weight management intervention (PHIT Kids, n = 17; PHIT Yoga, n = 13). Weight, BMI z-score (BMIz), BMI percent of the 95th percentile, and health habits assessment were obtained from both cohorts pre- and post intervention. Acceptability was assessed in the yoga cohort. Results: Fifty-four percent of children in the PHIT Yoga cohort and 65% of children in the PHIT Kids cohort attended ≥75% of the intervention sessions. Survey results support that the PHIT Yoga was acceptable to both caregivers and children. Improvements in BMIz were observed in 50% of children in each cohort and both groups improved on five of seven health habits; cohorts overlapped on three habits (breakfast, screen time, and sugar-sweetened drinks). Conclusion: Findings support that yoga classes added to a pediatric weight management program are feasible and acceptable in racially diverse children with severe obesity and their caregivers.
Adolescent; Body Mass Index; Breakfast; Caregivers; Child; Humans; Pediatric Obesity; Pilot Projects; Yoga
body mass index; children; obesity; overweight; pediatric obesity; weight loss
Forseth B, Hampl S, Dreyer Gillette M, et al. Incorporating Yoga into a Pediatric Weight Management Program: A Pilot Study. Child Obes. 2022;18(1):67-71. doi:10.1089/chi.2021.0114