Does A Fibre Supplement Help to Manage Metabolic Syndrome Risk In Kids?

Research Centre: Curtin University
Location: Kent St, Bentley WA 6102, Australia
Research Coordinator: Dr. Monica Jane
Ethics Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HRE2018-0234)


The number of overweight children in Australia, Canada and the US has doubled in recent years, with a third considered overweight.

There is considerable evidence that weight issues in childhood can result in medical issues later in life.  Early interventions in overweight children are required.

High-fibre intake has been shown to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults, however the effect in children in currently unknown. This study is exploring the effect of eating more fibre on kid’s weight and health. Participants may see an improvement in their weight and overall health.

Why Participate?

  • Your child may see an improvement in their weight and overall health.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research aimed at improving kids health.
  • You will be provided a copy of your child’s individual results from blood analysis and other measurements along with a comparison to national guidelines.
  • You will be helping to discover a potential non-medication option for kids weight management.
  • You will be given a gift card upon completion of the 3 study visits.
  • After completing the 16-week study, you will be offered a free nutrition counselling session for your child.
  • If your child’s wellbeing is identified to be at risk, this will be indicated so you can seek further help.

Your Rights

  • If you and your child decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your child’s  records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your child’s health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Kids aged 9-13
  • Who are able to consume milk products
  • Who are considered above the average weight for their age
  • Able to attend 3 study visits at the research site over approximately 4 months
  • Has a parent or guardian willing to provide informed consent

Please Note:

  • At Curtin University we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. As such, we have very stringent health and safety measures in place to protect you and your child should you choose to participate in this study. These health and safety measures will be explained to you in detail prior to your attendance at the university.
  • We understand that your child’s health and wellbeing is of the highest importance to you.
  • This study is conducted in a professional manner in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial