Waist Circumference Measurement and Weight Changes Over Time for Assessment of Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight and Obese Children in an Outpatient Clinic Setting


About this study

The purpose of this study is to increase the measurement of BMI and WC in the overweight (BMI at or greater than the 85th percentile) and obese (BMI at or greater than 95th percentile) outpatient pediatric population ages 6-19 at Mayo Clinic Rochester and surrounding satellite clinics.  Educate providers and nursing staff on the importance and technique of measuring the WC in the overweight and obese outpatient pediatric population with at least a yearly WC  on every child with a BMI at or greater than the 85th percentile.  Determine the prevalence of various components of the metabolic syndrome (MS) including elevated blood pressure (BP), hepatomegaly and history of hypertension, diabetes/prediabetes and hyperlipidemia in a cross sectional sample of overweight  and obese children ages 6-19 years in the outpatient setting.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Free-living pediatric patients ages 7-17 years, males and females
  • BMI over the 85th percentile
  • Patients registered at Mayo Clinic Rochester or Kasson Clinic
  • Ability to stand and cooperate for the WC measurement
  • Ability to assent/consent to the study.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Inability to stand and cooperate with the WC measurement
  • Within 3 months of any abdominal surgery 
  • Pregnancy or within 3 months of childbirth
  • Any subject who cannot give adequate consent/assent
  • Any subject with extra or intra-abdominal devices that would interfere with the WC measurement

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Teresa Jensen, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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