- Why did we develop ‘Reboot’?
Extraordinary improvements in how we treat children’s cancer means that over 80 per cent of children will successfully recover from their cancer diagnosis. The not-so-good news is that many young survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk of serious diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease because of the long-term side effects of their cancer treatment. Although good eating habits after cancer treatment can help to protect young survivors from serious illness, cancer treatment typically turns children’s eating habits upside down. Common side effects of cancer treatment such as Nausea, vomiting often make eating difficult and children simply can’t ‘stomach’ most foods. After eating a very limited diet of simple carbohydrates and processed foods parents can find it very difficult to switch children’s food preferences back to healthier options like vegetables when their child’s cancer treatment finishes. This can make mealtimes very stressful for families and many parents can feel overwhelmed about how to manage fussy eating. To address this problem, we designed and evaluated ‘’, a four-week, four-session program delivered to parents by telephone soon after their child had completed cancer treatment. The key finding of our study was that parents reported feeling more confident in providing a healthier diet to their child after participating in our program. This means can benefit from
learning strategies on how to promote vegetables and fruit to children.
- What does ‘Reboot’ add to what we already know?
Our study adds important new knowledge about what we already know about the eating habits in young cancer survivors. World-wide, studies show that the diet quality of children who have finished cancer treatment is very poor. Most young survivors of childhood cancer consume excessive amounts of high kilojoule, low nutrient foods or ‘junk-foods’ and very little vegetables and fruit. Poor food choices after cancer treatment suggest that the negative impact of cancer treatment on children’s food preferences is difficult to reverse and can persist without early intervention. Currently, we don’t have any evidence-based dietary interventions for young cancer survivors in Australia.
- What findings did we find surprising?
- What excites us about ‘Reboot’?
- How does ‘Reboot’ contribute to Australian research?
- How important is this research project in Australia and overseas?
- is the first of its kind in Australia and the first intervention of its kind, world-wide, to specifically target strategies to promote vegetables and fruit intake in this at-risk population.
- What are the limitations of our project?
- What do we aim to do next?
- Who funded our project?
If you would like to learn more about -Kids, visit our webpage at: https://www.behaviouralsciencesunit.org/reboot-kids.html or contact our team at email@example.com. You can also read more about one parent’s experience in the Reboot program in an interview with the Kids Cancer Project at: https://www.thekidscancerproject.org.au/stories/march-2020/food-for-thought
For more information about Reboot, please see here newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/rebooting-healthy-eating-habits-child-cancer-survivors
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