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Study Type


Study Purpose

The purpose of the Scale Kids research study is to test whether a study drug can lower body weight in children with obesity.

About the Study

Eligible participants will visit the Pennington Biomedical clinic at the beginning of the study for a screening visit. Once enrolled, your child will either get liraglutide (the study drug) or a placebo. Which treatment your child gets is decided by chance. Liraglutide is a new medicine for children, but it can already be prescribed by doctors to adolescents and adults (age 12 and up) with overweight or obesity. Your child will get 1 injection every day.

Participants and/or their parents will be asked to fill in a diary between some of the study visits.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 18 study visits
  • 10 phone call visits


  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Blood work
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine heart health
  • X-ray of hand to determine bone age
  • Oral glucose tolerance test
  • Dietary and physical activity counseling

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be between the ages 6 to <12years old
  • Have unsuccessfully attempted to lose weight
  • Have a BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile calculate your BMI

Study Duration

Participation in the study will last approximately 2 years.


Compensation of up to $655 is offered for the completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online or call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.

Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.

If you’re 18 or older, there may be other studies that you can join. Click here to find out about these studies or call 225-763-3000 to learn how you can be a volunteer!

If you don't see a trial that fits your interests or needs, click here to complete a questionnaire and we will contact you about any future trials for which you may qualify.