External Eating: An Investigation of Social Media and Environmental Factors Influencing Eating Behaviours

Exploring the Effects of Social Media Use and Environmental Factors



Sponsors

Lead Sponsor


Collaborators



Source

Yale-NUS College

Oversight Info

Is Fda Regulated Drug

No

Is Fda Regulated Device

No


Brief Summary

In this protocol, the investigators propose a randomised controlled trail to explore the
effects of environmental factors and the use of technology on eating behaviours. The
investigators have planned two studies to investigate these effects, one on high school
students from Raffles Institution, and the other on the university population in the National
University of Singapore.

Detailed Description

Participants will be told a cover story that the study explores technological distraction on
taste, and asked to complete a taste-evaluation taste of common snacks. One group
(intervention group) will be asked to use their personal smartphones to engage in their
pre-existing Whatsapp chats while doing the taste test. For the two control conditions, one
group will be tasked with reading a neutral article on their personal smartphones while they
complete the taste test, while the other group will be asked to complete the taste test
without any use of smartphones.

Overall Status

Recruiting

Start Date

2015-07-01

Completion Date

2018-07-01

Primary Completion Date

2018-07-01

Phase

N/A

Study Type

Interventional

Primary Outcome

Measure

Time Frame

Amount of food consumed
20 minutes

Secondary Outcome

Measure

Time Frame

Hunger ratings
10 minutes
Taste ratings
20 minutes

Enrollment

180

Condition


Intervention

Intervention Type

Behavioral

Intervention Name


Arm Group Label

Whatsapp


Intervention Type

Behavioral

Intervention Name


Arm Group Label

Article


Intervention Type

Behavioral

Intervention Name


Arm Group Label

No Phone



Eligibility

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Normal weight: Body mass index of 18 to 25

- Have at least occasional breakfast meals (≥ 3 times a week of self-reported
consumption of a breakfast meal)

Exclusion Criteria:

- Symptoms / history of any medical or psychiatric conditions

- Allergies to food products

- History of eating disorders

- Excessive exercise (≥ 5 times a week of self-reported exercise)

- Currently on a special diet or deliberating restricting caloric intake

- Currently on a weight loss program

- Smoking or substance abuse

Gender

All

Minimum Age

13 Years

Maximum Age

26 Years

Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Location

Facility

Status

Contact

Yale-NUS College
Singapore 138527 Singapore
Recruiting
Last Name: Jean Liu, PhD
Email: [email protected]

Location Countries

Country

Singapore


Verification Date

2017-08-01

Lastchanged Date

2017-08-09

Firstreceived Date

2017-08-09

Responsible Party

Responsible Party Type

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation

Yale-NUS College

Investigator Full Name

Jean Liu

Investigator Title

Assistant Professor


Keyword


Has Expanded Access

No

Number Of Arms

3

Arm Group

Arm Group Label

Whatsapp

Arm Group Type

Experimental

Description

Participants will engage in Whatsapp chats on their smartphones during the taste test


Arm Group Label

Article

Arm Group Type

Placebo Comparator

Description

Participants will read a neutral article on their smartphones during the taste test


Arm Group Label

No Phone

Arm Group Type

Active Comparator

Description

Participants will not use their phones during the taste test



Firstreceived Results Date

N/A

Firstreceived Results Disposition Date

N/A

Study Design Info

Allocation

Randomized

Intervention Model

Parallel Assignment

Primary Purpose

Prevention

Masking

No masking



ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 11, 2017

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