Mothers And careGivers Investing in Children (MAGIC)

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The University of Texas System (UT)

Status

Unknown

Conditions

Parenting
Obesity, Childhood

Treatments

Behavioral: Obesity Prevention Group

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT04177472
StDavids2017

Details and patient eligibility

About

The incidence of childhood obesity in the United States has steadily increased over the past 30 years but has begun to level off in recent years. Epidemiological evidence indicates that obesity may transmitted across multiple generations. The current study seeks to: 1) evaluate the extent to which grandmothers or other important caregivers affect their mothers' parenting surrounding feeding their child, and 2) examine whether an intervention aimed at improving diet quality and enhancing responsive feeding to improves parental responsivity and feeding behavior and infants' weight trajectories over time.

Full description

The incidence of childhood obesity in the United States has steadily increased over the past 30 years, but has begun to level off in recent years. Children from minority groups may be disproportionately affected, such that Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black children have greater weight for recumbent length compared to White children. Similarly, socioeconomic status (SES) may affect child weight status. Epidemiological evidence indicates that obesity may transmitted across multiple generations. Genetics are a factor in determining weight status, but parents are largely responsible for regulating children's dietary environments. Grandparents increasingly provide care for their grandchildren, yet few studies have examined grandparent involvement or the role that grandparents or other significant caregivers play in feeding the child. The objective of the current study is two-fold: 1) to evaluate the extent to which grandmothers and/or other caregivers affect mothers' parenting surrounding feeding their infant, beginning when the infant is first introduced to solid foods; and 2) to examine whether an intervention aimed at providing both mothers and grandmothers or other important caregivers with hands-on training regarding healthy foods and responsive feeding behaviors improves mothers' and grandmothers' feeding behaviors and infants' weight trajectories over time. The researchers will collect both self-report data on diet, child temperament, mothers and other caregivers' mental health, stress and support. Observational assessments will be obtained to code co-caregiver behavior and caregiver responsiveness during feeding.

Enrollment

150 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

Under 90 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Mothers with babies aged 4 to 5 months
  • Other caregivers assisting the mother with the baby.
  • Babies aged 4 to 5 months

Exclusion criteria

  • Babies with metabolic or feeding issues.
  • Mothers younger than 16 years of age.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

150 participants in 2 patient groups

Obesity Prevention Group
Experimental group
Description:
Parents will be provided with responsive feeding coaching to help them recognize hunger and satiety cues and nutrition coaching that involves recommending a sequence of introducing complementary foods that corresponds with food textures and feeding styles, breast/bottle weaning, healthy snacking and hands on demonstrations for healthy food options.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Obesity Prevention Group
Infant Safety and Injury Prevention Group
No Intervention group
Description:
Parents will be provided with information about safe sleeping, car seats, baby-proofing, etc., delivered during home visits, newsletters, and reinforcing text messages.

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Deborah Jacobvitz, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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