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Can Calorie Labels Increase Caloric Intake

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01473225
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Funding was pulled after unsuccessful pilot study)
First Posted : November 17, 2011
Last Update Posted : May 21, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study is a test of possible mechanisms by which calorie labels might lead people to increase calorie intake. The investigators hypothesize that calorie labels might increase calorie intake because 1) people infer that higher calorie foods are tastier, 2) calorie labels invoke thoughts of dieting, leading people to overconsume as a reaction, 3) people try to maximize calories consumed per dollar spent, and 4) calorie labels change one's goal motivation toward food, causing people to eat more.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Food Consumption Other: Calorie information Other: No calorie information

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Can Calorie Labels Increase Caloric Intake? A Test of Possible Perverse Effects of Calorie Labels
Study Start Date : November 2011
Primary Completion Date : September 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2014
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Calorie label Other: Calorie information
Nutrition label featuring calorie information will be provided.
Active Comparator: No calorie label Other: No calorie information
No nutrition label will be provided in this condition.


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Calories consumed [ Time Frame: At time of intervention (30 minutes) ]
    The investigators will assess how many calories are consumed by participants by weighing the cereal provided before and after participants complete the taste test portion of the study. This will happen within 30 minutes of the intervention, which is an experimental manipulation of whether or not calorie labels are present.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Attitudes toward food [ Time Frame: At time of intervention (30 minutes) ]
    Using survey measures, the investigators will assess how people feel toward the food item they just tasted, rating it in terms of perceived tastiness, healthiness, overall quality, and value. These ratings will be on a Likert scale from 1-5.


Eligibility Criteria

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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:

  • Must be able to taste items used in study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Food allergies to items used in study
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
Carnegie Mellon University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Eric M VanEpps, BA Carnegie Mellon University
More Information

Responsible Party: Eric VanEpps, Principal Investigator, Carnegie Mellon University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01473225     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P30AG034546 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 17, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 21, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015