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

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00263172
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 7, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 22, 2010
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Information provided by:
University of Vermont

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obesity Diet Therapy Weight Loss Behavioral: behavior modification for weight loss Not Applicable

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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : February 2003
Study Completion Date : March 2005

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. weight change

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. social influence components
  2. eating behavior
  3. web usage correlation to weight change


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

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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Locations
United States, Vermont
Behavioral Weight Management Program/Univ of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05405
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Vermont
Investigators
Study Director: Doris E Ogden, MS, LCMHC University of Vermont

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00263172     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHRMS# 03-022
First Posted: December 7, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 22, 2010
Last Verified: December 2005

Keywords provided by University of Vermont:
internet
weight management
behavior therapy
self-help
commercial program
obesity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms