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

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
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
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

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 July 24, 2014