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Peer Interactions and Food Are Substitutable in Youth

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00875121
First Posted: April 3, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 12, 2009
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University at Buffalo
  Purpose

This study examines the effects of increasing the cost of social interactions and food on overweight and non-overweight youth. Using a computerized operant task youth will earn points exchangeable for food and social activity.

The investigators predict that both overweight and non-overweight children will substitute food for interactions with an unfamiliar peer when this alternative is made expensive. Also, the investigators predict that both overweight and lean participants will defend their choice to spend time with a friend even when this alternative is made expensive.


Condition
Activity Choices Caloric Intake Social Time

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Peer Interactions and Food Are Substitutable in Youth

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Further study details as provided by University at Buffalo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Caloric Intake
  • Social Time

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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Boys and girls ages 9-11.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Boys and girls ages 9-11
  • Children must have a BMI equal to or greater than 15th percentile for their age
  • Children must report at least a moderate liking of the study foods

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children should not have any food allergies
  • Children should not have any dietary restraint
  • Children should not a cold or upper respiratory distress
  • Children should not have any psychopathology
  • Children should not have any developmental disabilities
  • Children should not be taking any medications that could influence their sense of smell and taste and activity level
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00875121


Locations
United States, New York
University at Buffalo, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Buffalo
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sarah J Salvy, Ph.D. University at Buffalo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, Ph.D., University at Buffalo
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00875121     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DB#2220
1R01HD057190-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: April 2, 2009
First Posted: April 3, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 12, 2009
Last Verified: April 2009

Keywords provided by University at Buffalo:
Food reinforcement
social reinforcers
overweight
children