Lifestyle intervention among overweight and obese schoolchildren: a pre post quasi experimental study with control group in Sousse, Tunisia (ST12-044)

Main institution:
Hopital Universitaire Farhat Hached, Sousse (Tunisia)

Principal investigator:
Hassen Ghannem

Other investigators:
Jihene Maatoug; Imed Harrabi; Slim Slama; Nathalie Farpour-Lambert

Location of the project:
Sousse, Tunisia

Amount allocated:
USD 64.925

September 1, 2012 - September 1, 2014


Tunisia is facing an epidemiological transition and the prevalence of diabetes is dramatically increasing. This epidemic is developing in association with obesity, which represents an important risk factor of type 2 diabetes. Indeed, childhood obesity constitutes now a major public health challenge in Tunisia and worldwide.

Therefore, we propose to implement and evaluate a school-based intervention to manage overweight and obesity among school adolescents in the region of Sousse, Tunisia. This will be a one-year behavioral intervention that will include nutritional, physical activity and psychological components.

Results to date


"Schools open doors to lifestyle lessons in Tunisia" Diabetes Voice, June 2014

* Project completed in September 2014

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.