Making Calories Count: Information Format and Food Choice

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2012 by University of Pennsylvania.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01346449
First received: January 28, 2011
Last updated: October 16, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of the study is to better understand how individuals make decisions regarding the meals they order. Participants' ordering decisions at lunchtime at a chain restaurant will be recorded over several weeks to study ordering habits over time. Lunch menus will be provided by the study, and the menu format will vary the way in which information on caloric content is displayed.

The impact of different labeling formats on total calories in the chosen meal will be assessed.


Condition Intervention Phase
Obesity
Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue and calorie information
Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue but no calorie information
Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue but with calorie information
Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue and no calorie information
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Making Calories Count: Information Format and Food Choice

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Calories chosen [ Time Frame: One time only or 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Total calories in food ordered for lunch


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight change [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Half of the study participants will have the secondary outcome measure data collected and analyzed.


Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: January 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Visual cue absent Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue but with calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue and no calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Experimental: Calorie information present Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue and calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue but with calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Active Comparator: Calorie information absent Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue but no calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Behavioral: Provide menu with no visual cue and no calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Experimental: Visual cue present Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue and calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.
Behavioral: Provide menu with visual cue but no calorie information
Menu to be provided prior to placing the food order.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Customers of two chain restaurants

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to read a written menu
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01346449

Contacts
Contact: Eric VanEpps 412-268-2869 evanepps@andrew.cmu.edu
Contact: Julie Downs, PhD 412-268-1862 downs@andrew.cmu.edu

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Contact: Eric VanEpps    412-268-2869    evanepps@andrew.cmu.edu   
Principal Investigator: Julie Downs, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Julie Downs, PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01346449     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 812950, P30AG034546
Study First Received: January 28, 2011
Last Updated: October 16, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Obesity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 01, 2014