ArticleWeb-Based Weight Management Programs for Children and Adolescents A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trial StudiesAn, Ji-Young PhD, MPH, RN; Hayman, Laura L. PhD, RN, FAAN; Park, Young-Shin MSN, RN, CNOR; Dusaj, Tresa K. MS, RN; Ayres, Cynthia G. PhD, RN Author Information College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark (Drs An and Ayres, Ms Dusaj); College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Dr Hayman); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (Ms Park); and College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry, New York University, New York (Ms Dusaj). Corresponding Author: Ji-Young An, PhD, MPH, RN, College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 180 University Ave, Ackerson Hall, Room 102, Newark, NJ 07102 ([email protected]). Support for this study was obtained from Dean's Award for Faculty Research at the College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This work was presented at the 19th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society. Advances in Nursing Science: July 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 222-240 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181b0d6ef Buy Metrics Abstract More than 17% of children aged 6 to 19 years living in the United States are classified as overweight. Medical costs related to overweight and obesity were recently estimated to approximate $100 billion annually. The purpose of this systematic review was to provide the scientific evidence regarding Web-based weight management programs for overweight children and adolescents. Results suggest the potential for Web-based behavioral change programs for weight management in overweight children and adolescents. Future research should emphasize rigorous methodological adequacies, develop theory-based standardized frameworks, investigate types of interventions appropriate for boys and girls in this age group, evaluate long-term effect of interventions, and examine cost as well as clinical effectiveness. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.