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Weight Loss on the Web: A Pilot Study Comparing a Commercial Website to a Structured Behavioral Intervention

This study has been completed.
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University of Vermont Identifier:
First received: December 5, 2005
Last updated: January 21, 2010
Last verified: December 2005
The primary purpose of this study was to compare weight loss achieved through a behavioral online intervention vs. a commercial self-help website. The investigators hypothesized that there would be no difference in weight loss between groups.

Condition Intervention
Diet Therapy
Weight Loss
Behavioral: behavior modification for weight loss

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by University of Vermont:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • weight change

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • social influence components
  • eating behavior
  • web usage correlation to weight change

Study Start Date: February 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2005
Detailed Description:
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Novel approaches are needed to address this issue on a broad scale. The internet holds promise as a way to disseminate effective weight loss strategies. The primary purpose of this study was to compare weight loss achieved through a behavioral online intervention vs. a commercial self-help website. A second aim was to evaluate the utilization of web components and their relationship to weight loss between groups and within groups in order to determine what aspects of web usage correlate to weight loss.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • BMI between 25 and 39.9 kg/m2
  • 18 or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Planned to move within 1 year
  • Planned a pregnancy within 1 year
  • Take medications with weight implications
  • Unable to exercise moderately
  • Participating in another weight loss program
  • Lacked minimum computer requirements
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00263172

United States, Vermont
Behavioral Weight Management Program/Univ of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05405
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Vermont
Study Director: Doris E Ogden, MS, LCMHC University of Vermont
  More Information Identifier: NCT00263172     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHRMS# 03-022
Study First Received: December 5, 2005
Last Updated: January 21, 2010

Keywords provided by University of Vermont:
weight management
behavior therapy
commercial program

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
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