Comparing Calories at Fast Food Restaurants

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 20, 2011
Last Update Posted : June 27, 2011
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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University of California, Los Angeles

Brief Summary:
Rating systems are intended to guide consumer choices. This project will determine if a previously developed scale that evaluates the "healthiness" of a restaurant is correlated with the actual choices consumers make when they patronize the restaurants. The study will also assess whether a restaurant marketed as "healthy" (Subway) rates higher on this scale than another restaurant that makes no such claims (McDonald's). Finally, the investigators will compare the calorie purchases from these two restaurants among youths and their families who eat at each of the restaurants.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Obesity Behavioral: Fast Food Restaurant

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 97 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Rating Fast Food on Healthiness
Study Start Date : May 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2011

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Participants 12-21 years old.
Behavioral: Fast Food Restaurant
Participants will purchase a meal at Subway and McDonald's, on different days.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Calories Consumed at each Restaurant [ Time Frame: Calories will be recorded at two time points within 1-2 weeks ]
    Using purchase receipts and point-of-purchase surveys, we determine how many calories each participant purchases.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adolescents in a community in South Los Angeles.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 12-21 Year Olds that live in local area
  • Like to eat at Subway and McDonald's

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01357434

United States, California
University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States, 90024
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lenard I Lesser, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT01357434     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RAND2010-0808
First Posted: May 20, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 27, 2011
Last Verified: May 2011