Use of Facebook as a Motivating Factor in a Weight-reduction Program for Obese and Overweight Adolescents
The purpose of this study is to determine if Facebook can be used as a motivating factor for obese or overweight adolescents in a weight-reduction program.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Caregiver, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Use of Facebook as a Motivating Factor in a Weight-reduction Program for Obese and Overweight Adolescents.|
- BMI [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Body Mass Index
- Positive Feedback [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Positive feedback ("likes", positive comments) will be evaluated and related to BMI reduction.
|Study Start Date:||March 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Intervention: Facebook updates
The experimental group will be encouraged to update their Facebook status regarding healthy lifestyle decisions at least once a day.
|Other: Facebook Status Update|
No Intervention: Control: No Facebook
This group will be encouraged not to share their healthy lifestyle decisions on Facebook.
This study is a randomized controlled trial. There will be two randomly assigned groups of obese or overweight adolescents (WHO definition). Both groups will be enrolled in a 12 week weight reduction program which includes personal nutritional evaluation and food plan and exercise routine. Follow-up appointments will be held every 3 weeks. One group will be encouraged to update their Facebook status at least once a day, regarding their healthy lifestyle changes (exercise routine, healthy food choice, "checking-in" at the wellness center, kilograms lost, etc). The control group will be asked not to share information about their program on Facebook for 12 weeks. Facebook follow-up will be held by the investigators on the study's Facebook account. Teenagers will be thoroughly explained on how to set the account to a limited profile if they want to. At the end of the program both groups will be compared regarding weight loss and mean BMI.
|Contact: Cesar Lucio, M.D.||+email@example.com|
|Instituto de Bienestar Integral||Recruiting|
|Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 64710|
|Contact: Cesar Lucio, MD +528114134925 firstname.lastname@example.org|