Novel Estimation of Energy Balance through the Calibration of Consumer Devices in Free-Living, Rural US Children

Children in rural areas are disproportionately affected by pediatric obesity. The American Heart Association has listed delivery of obesity treatment to rural families using mobile health (mHealth) as a major research priority. Improving the estimation of energy intake and balance is a priority for developing successful mHealth obesity treatment programs. The aims of this project are to: 1) Validate and calibrate consumer devices to estimate energy balance using gold-standard methods and a Bayesian semi-parametric approach, and 2) Estimate energy intake using the intake-balance technique using consumer monitors.

Institution: The Children’s Mercy Hospital
Principal Investigator: Robin Shook, PhD
Amount Awarded: $49,523
Year Awarded: 2017

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