Welcome to Fast Track to Health.

Welcome to the Fast Track to Health Study (known as Fast Track). This is a research study for young people who are well above a healthy weight.

We are looking for young people to take part in this study in both Sydney and Melbourne.

What is fast track about?

  • We will compare the effect of two different eating plans on health and well being in young people.

  • People who take part in Fast Track will follow one of the two eating plans below:

    • Modified Alternate Day Fasting plan

    • Reduced Calorie plan

  • We will measure weight loss and risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

  • We will see how acceptable these plans are to young people.

  • The study runs for 12 months and participation is FREE of charge.

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Who can participate in fast track?

Young people aged 13-17 years who are a well above a healthy weight can take part in Fast Track.

Who is running the study?

  • In Sydney, Fast Track will be run at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

  • In Melbourne, Fast Track will be run at the Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) facility at Monash University and Monash Children’s Hospital

Public Statement about recent media

There has been some recent media and social media posts regarding the Fast Track to Health Study.

At all times the health and mental well-being of those participating in the Fast Track to Health study is our first priority.

The trial involves highly experienced clinicians including paediatricians and dietitians and is being conducted at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash University in Victoria.

There is also a highly experienced eating disorder clinician researcher assisting with the trial.

We do know that there are an increasing number of young people affected by moderate to severe levels of obesity – one in four Australian adolescents have overweight or obesity issues - and there are a range of health complications that result from this, including type 2 diabetes, liver disease, high blood pressure, musculoskeletal disorders and sleep apnoea.

What the study aims to do is compare different eating plans that have had success with adults and to assess their effectiveness with adolescents with severe obesity. It compares a continuous daily energy restriction versus an intermittent energy restriction. Both plans are nutritionally balanced to meet the needs of growing adolescents.

Significant precautions have been taken to identify any risks of harm to any participant during the trial and appropriate steps are in place to manage and mitigate these risks.

All participants need to be at least 13 years of age and have parental or guardian consent. They are closely supported throughout the trial and follow up support will occur after the trial.

There is no gold standard intervention that helps young people who seek weight management– different interventions may work for different individuals – and a suite of evidence-based dietary patterns are needed and tested, so choice can be offered.

For more information about Fast Track, contact us by clicking on the link below.