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Pounds Off Digitally Study: A Podcasting Weight Loss Intervention (POD)

This study has been completed.
UNC Lineberger's Cancer Control Education Program
Information provided by:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Identifier:
First received: October 9, 2008
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2008
History: No changes posted
Participants in both the existing and enhanced podcast groups will lose weight. The enhanced podcasting group will have a greater increase in weight loss, elaboration, self-efficacy, and perceived control than the existing podcast group.

Condition Intervention Phase
Weight Loss Behavioral: podcasting Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pounds Off Digitally Study: A Podcasting Weight Loss Intervention

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Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • weight [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • elaboration [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 94
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2008
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Control (available) podcast Behavioral: podcasting
Experimental: Enhanced podcast Behavioral: podcasting

Detailed Description:
We will conduct a weight loss intervention study among adults. Using the weight loss podcast that receives the highest rating from a previous content analysis, we will conduct an intervention comparing the best existing weight loss podcast to an enhanced podcast. The enhanced podcast will be based on theoretical constructs that have been shown to be effective in producing weight loss in other research studies. We will then evaluate the effectiveness of podcasting to promote weight loss in adults. Weight change from baseline to 12-weeks and changes in psychosocial measures will be used to assess differences between the existing podcast, enhanced podcast, and control conditions. In conclusion, this research study aims to find innovative and inexpensive ways to help people lose weight. Podcasting has the possibility of reaching a wide range of age and ethnic groups and will allow people to receive weight loss information when and where it is convenient for them.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

be 18-50 years old be overweight or obese (BMI between 25-35) but not severely or morbidly obese live in the Chapel Hill area be able to attend an introduction meeting and weigh-in before the study and a weigh-in after the study have access to the Internet and a computer with a sound card have a working MP3 player that can connect to a computer have access to a scale be willing to be randomized to any group

Exclusion Criteria:

smoker current major health or psychiatric diseases, drug or alcohol dependency, uncontrolled thyroid conditions, eating disorder, or pregnancy participation in a weight loss program or taking weight loss medications

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00771095

United States, North Carolina
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27514
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
UNC Lineberger's Cancer Control Education Program
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, UNC-Chapel Hill Identifier: NCT00771095     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-0430-03
Study First Received: October 9, 2008
Last Updated: October 9, 2008

Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
weight loss
self efficacy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Body Weight
Weight Loss
Signs and Symptoms
Body Weight Changes processed this record on August 22, 2017