The Presence of Friends Increases Food Intake in Youth

This study has been completed.
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University at Buffalo Identifier:
First received: April 1, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2009
History: No changes posted

Participants will be matched with either their friend or an unfamiliar peer who is the same gender and about the same age. Participants will have 45 minutes of free-play in an experimental room where they will have free access to energy-dense and nutrient-dense foods and an assortment of games and puzzles.

The investigators predict that participants eating with a friend will eat significantly more than participants eating with an unfamiliar peer. The investigators also predict that overweight participants eating with an overweight partner will eat significantly more than participants eating with a non overweight participant.

Total Caloric Intake
Nutrient Dense Caloric Intake
Energy Dense Caloric Intake

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: The Presence of Friends Increases Food Intake in Youth

Further study details as provided by University at Buffalo:

Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 15 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Boys and girls between the ages of 9-15.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Boys and girls ages 9-15
  • Between 15th and 95th BMI percentile for their age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sickness, psychopathology or developmental disabilities
  • Participant has a cold or upper respiratory distress
  • Food allergies to the study food
  • Participant is on medication or has a medical condition that could influence taste, appetite or olfactory sensory responsiveness.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00874055

United States, New York
University at Buffalo, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Buffalo
Principal Investigator: Sarah J Salvy, Ph.D. University at Buffalo
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, Division of Behavioral Medicine Identifier: NCT00874055     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DB2213, 1RO1HD057190-01A1
Study First Received: April 1, 2009
Last Updated: April 1, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University at Buffalo:
social influence
eating behavior
childhood overweight processed this record on October 09, 2015