This trial has been completed.

Condition childhood obesity
Treatment exergaming condition
Sponsor Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Collaborator American Heart Association
Start date October 2015
End date September 2016
Trial size 46 participants
Trial identifier NCT02560493, PBRC 2015-037


The goal of the proposed randomized controlled trial is to test the efficacy of exergaming (i.e. video gaming that involves physical activity) to reduce adiposity in overweight and obese children.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Primary purpose prevention
Masking outcomes assessor
(No Intervention)
Participants randomly assigned to the control condition will be asked to continue their usual physical activity habits and will not interact with the intervention staff.
Participants randomly assigned to the exergaming condition will participate in a 6 month exergaming intervention.
exergaming condition
Participants are encouraged to meet the MVPA goal of 60 minutes/day, which will be gradually achieved beginning with 10 minutes/day in Week 1 and reaching 60 minutes/day in Week 6. Three hours each week will be devoted to exergame play, following prescribed exergame routines.

Primary Outcomes

Changes in body mass index z-score (BMIz) compared to a control group
time frame: 6 Months

Secondary Outcomes

Changes in body fat
time frame: 6 Months
Changes in blood pressure
time frame: 6 Months
Changes in total cholesterol and fasting glucose
time frame: 6 Months
Changes in physical activity
time frame: 6 Months
Changes in diet
time frame: 6 Months
Changes in health behaviors
time frame: 6 Months

Eligibility Criteria

All participants from 10 years up to 12 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - BMI percentile > or equal to 85 on the CDC growth chart - Participating household has a high-speed internet connection - At least 1 family member or friend who is willing to exergame in the home with the participant for 3 hours/week Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnant - Impairments that prevent normal ambulation - Previous history, or current symptoms of, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal injury, or epileptic seizures

Additional Information

Official title Gaming Technology to Encourage Healthy Weight and Activity in Youth
Principal investigator Amanda E Staiano, PhD
Description The GAMESQUAD study is a 6-month, 2-arm randomized controlled trial among 46 overweight/obese children (aged 10 to 12 years) assigned to: 1) 3 hours/week of in-home exergaming or 2) a control group. An innovative aspect is the inclusion of a fitness trainer who will regularly video chat with the participant and virtually monitor gameplay. The study will advance the field by: 1) establishing the efficacy of exergaming to reduce BMIz among overweight and obese children and 2) demonstrating the potential of exergaming to reduce body fat and improve children's cardiovascular health.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Pennington Biomedical Research Center.