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Reducing Eating Disorder Risk Factors

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Craig Barr Taylor, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: December 16, 2002
Last updated: April 2, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a web-based program is effective in reducing the incidence of eating disorders in college women who are at high risk for developing an eating disorder.

Condition Intervention
Eating Disorders Behavioral: Web-based intervention to reduce eating disorder risk factors

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Interventions to Reduce Eating Disorder Risk Factors

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Further study details as provided by Craig Barr Taylor, Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Onset of an eating disorder [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    The main outcome is the onset of an eating disorder, as defined by DSM-IV

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in eating disorder behaviors [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Eating disorder behaviors as measured by the Eating Disorder Examination. We will also measure attitudes related to eating disorder onset risk

Enrollment: 206
Study Start Date: February 2001
Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Female college students who use unhealthy weight control methods and have body image concerns may be at risk for developing an eating disorder. Developing and evaluating interventions to reduce eating disorders in high-risk populations is of great public health importance.

Participants are randomly assigned to either join a web-based risk-reduction program or receive no intervention. The 9-week risk-reduction program focuses on reducing body image and weight/shape concerns, identifying the risks of eating disorders, and increasing healthy weight regulation practices. The program includes weekly readings, writing assignments, and participation in a moderated electronic discussion group. Changes in body mass index (BMI) and the occurrence of major stressors and psychiatric events are assessed to determine their impact on the incidence of eating disorders. One-year incidence of eating disorders is determined by a diagnostic interview, and follow up may continue for up to 2.5 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • College students at risk for developing an eating disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Suicidal or other severe psychopathology
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Body mass index (BMI) < 18 or > 32
  • Current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or bulimia nervosa and have been in treatment within the past 6 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00050570

United States, California
Stanford University, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Craig Barr Taylor, Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00050570     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH060453 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: December 16, 2002
Last Updated: April 2, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017