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My Body is Fit and Fabulous at School (MyBFF@school)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02212873
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 8, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 23, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wan Nazaimoon WM, Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Brief Summary:
In order to address and curb the high prevalence of childhood obesity in Malaysia, a school-based intervention program, MyBFF@school is developed for implementation in all schools in the country. The program is specific for overweight and obese students and it is hypothesized that by participating in this program, students will be able to control their body mass index.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Overweight Obese Other: MyBFF@school program Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
A nationwide Nutrition Survey of Malaysian Children carried out between 2008-2009 among 3542 children aged from 6 months to 12 years showed a prevalence of 9.8% overweight and 11.8% obesity while in a more recent 2011 Global School-based Student Heath Survey showed that the percentage of overweight and obese Malaysian school children age 13-15 years old was 25.4% and 10.9% respectively . If left unchecked, these children will grow up to be obese adults, developed various obesity-related complications such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes etc. Realising the urgent needs to address the problems, the Ministry of Health Malaysia with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, proposed to implement MyBFF@school in all schools in Malaysia. Students participating in MyBFF@school will take part in a structured physical activity in the form of small sided football game (SSG), and are to attend intensified and interactive nutrition and psychology classes aimed at improving their knowledge, self-esteem and self-empowerment.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 332 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: School-based Intervention Program - My Body is Fit and Fabulous
Study Start Date : February 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2014

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control
Equal number of age-matched overweight and obese students will be selected from a control school. There will be no intervention, and students will participate in their usual health and physical education classes plus any other curriculum activities provided by the school.
Experimental: MyBFF@school program
Students will participate in all 3 components of MyFF@school for a total of 32 weeks; 1-hour of SSG thrice weekly plus 30 to 45 minutes of either nutrition or psychology classes once a week. All students including those in the control arm will be assessed at baseline, week-16 and at end of the study. They will undergo anthropometric measurements, body fat assessment, clinical examination and fitness test by modified Harvard step-test.
Other: MyBFF@school program
Students will be required to participate in all 3 components of MyBFF@school (SSG, nutrition and psychology sessions) for 16 weeks under the supervision of trained researchers, then for another 16 weeks supervised by their respective teachers-in-charge of physical education and/or co-curriculum activity. Each SSG session will be for an hour, thrice weekly while the nutrition or psychology session will be for 30-45 minutes once a week.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. BMI z-score [ Time Frame: 32 weeks of intervention ]
    The primary outcome is reduction in the BMI z-score of participating students.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Percentage body fat [ Time Frame: 32 weeks of intervention ]
    Body fat of all participating students will be measured at baseline, week-16 and week-32 following intervention using Inbody 720 body composition analyzer (GE Healthcare).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Classified as overweight and obese based on BMI of 85th percentile and above, according to WHO growth chart.

No medical conditions that could endanger their health when participating in MyBFF@school.

Obtained parental and assent consents.

Exclusion Criteria:

With either physical or mental disability. With medical condition that prevents him/her to participate in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.

With comorbidities that may interfere with the study such as diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, nephritic syndrome, epilepsy, congenital heart disease and skeletal anomalies.

On steroids, on anti-epileptics and on methylphenidate.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02212873

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SKPP/ SMK Presint 9(1), 9(2), 11(1), 14(1)
Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
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Principal Investigator: Wan Nazaimoon Wan Mohamud, PhD Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia

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Responsible Party: Wan Nazaimoon WM, Dr, Ministry of Health, Malaysia Identifier: NCT02212873     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NMRR1343916563
First Posted: August 8, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 23, 2015
Last Verified: September 2015
Keywords provided by Wan Nazaimoon WM, Ministry of Health, Malaysia:
school based intervention
BMI z score
fat mass
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms