Use of Facebook as a Motivating Factor in a Weight-reduction Program for Obese and Overweight Adolescents
The purpose of this study is to determine if Facebook can be used as a motivating factor for obese or overweight adolescents in a weight-reduction program.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Caregiver, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Use of Facebook as a Motivating Factor in a Weight-reduction Program for Obese and Overweight Adolescents.|
- BMI [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Body Mass Index
- Positive Feedback [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Positive feedback ("likes", positive comments) will be evaluated and related to BMI reduction.
|Study Start Date:||March 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Intervention: Facebook updates
The experimental group will be encouraged to update their Facebook status regarding healthy lifestyle decisions at least once a day.
|Other: Facebook Status Update|
No Intervention: Control: No Facebook
This group will be encouraged not to share their healthy lifestyle decisions on Facebook.
This study is a randomized controlled trial. There will be two randomly assigned groups of obese or overweight adolescents (WHO definition). Both groups will be enrolled in a 12 week weight reduction program which includes personal nutritional evaluation and food plan and exercise routine. Follow-up appointments will be held every 3 weeks. One group will be encouraged to update their Facebook status at least once a day, regarding their healthy lifestyle changes (exercise routine, healthy food choice, "checking-in" at the wellness center, kilograms lost, etc). The control group will be asked not to share information about their program on Facebook for 12 weeks. Facebook follow-up will be held by the investigators on the study's Facebook account. Teenagers will be thoroughly explained on how to set the account to a limited profile if they want to. At the end of the program both groups will be compared regarding weight loss and mean BMI.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01819376
|Contact: Cesar Lucio, M.D.||+email@example.com|
|Instituto de Bienestar Integral||Recruiting|
|Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 64710|
|Contact: Cesar Lucio, MD +528114134925 firstname.lastname@example.org|