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Use of Facebook as a Motivating Factor in a Weight-reduction Program for Obese and Overweight Adolescents

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified November 2013 by Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cesar Alberto Lucio Ramirez, MD, Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01819376
First received: March 24, 2013
Last updated: November 11, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
  Purpose

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.


Condition Intervention
Obesity
Overweight
Other: Facebook Status Update

Study Type: Interventional
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.

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Further study details as provided by Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Body Mass Index


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Positive Feedback [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Positive feedback ("likes", positive comments) will be evaluated and related to BMI reduction.


Estimated Enrollment: 26
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)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents between 13 and 19 years old.
  • Obese or overweight according to the IOTF.
  • No physical or medical impediment for performing physical activity.
  • No risk for eating disorders (SCOFF questionnaire).
  • Report less than 20 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • Have an active Facebook account and use it more than 20 minutes per day.
  • Low-risk in the Gatehouse Bullying Scale.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Physical or medical impediment for performing physical activity.
  • Answer "yes" at least twice on the SCOFF questionnaire.
  • Report more than 20 minutes of exercise per day.
  • Not having an active Facebook account or using it less than 20 minutes per day.
  • "High Risk" on the Gatehouse Bullying Scale.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01819376

Contacts
Contact: Cesar Lucio, M.D. +528114134925 elmaildelucio@gmail.com

Locations
Mexico
Instituto de Bienestar Integral Recruiting
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 64710
Contact: Cesar Lucio, MD    +528114134925    elmaildelucio@gmail.com   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Cesar Alberto Lucio Ramirez, MD, Chief Resident, Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01819376     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ADOBFB
Study First Received: March 24, 2013
Last Updated: November 11, 2013
Health Authority: Mexico: Secretaria de Salud de Nuevo Leon

Keywords provided by Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey:
Obesity
Overweight
Adolescents
Teenagers
Facebook
Social Networks

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

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 23, 2014