Weight maintenance treatment approach for adolescent obesity via telephone counseling following an obesity in-patient treatment (TeAM program): a randomized controlled trial (Dr. Jana Markert / Dr. habil. Susann Blüher, completed)

The project aims to evaluate feasibility and efficacy of a weight maintenance treatment approach based on telephone counseling, and applying new media, such as tailored SMS-messages with or without access to a password-protected web-forum for interaction with other participants, for adolescent obesity in order to maintain the effects of initial weight loss programs.

This research project has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universität Leipzig (295-12-24092012). The project is recorded in the German Clinical Trial Register (DRKS) with the number DRKS00004583.

Duration: 01.10.2012 - 30.04.2015


Description of research project

The TeAM (Telephone based adiposity management) program address adolescents (14-18 years) who completed an inpatient obesity therapy. Adolescents will be recruited directly via rehabilitation hospitals, and will then be randomized to a study and a control group. Control group: No intervention, medical care as usual. The intervention consists of a six month telephone counseling through trained prevention managers in order to maintain BMI-SDS-reduction achieved during the inpatient obesity therapy. The telephone interviews are based on the systemic approach. The counseling interviews address the topics mental hygiene, physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet and eating behavior. Prior to the intervention, participating adolescents will be asked to provide information on socio-demography, psychosocial status, daily physical activity and leisure time habits as well as on eating behavior.

Heads of project

Dr. oec. troph. Jana Markert

Former member: student career board
Head of project

+49 341 97-31864

jana [dot] markert [at] uni-leipzig [dot] de

PD Dr. med. Susann Blüher

Head of research group "Preventive Medicine"
Member: board of directors, internal board
Head of project

+49 341 97-26310

susann [dot] blueher [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de