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Reducing Eating Disorder Risk Factors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00050570
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 17, 2002
Last Update Posted : March 18, 2020
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Craig Barr Taylor, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a web-based program is effective in reducing the incidence of eating disorders in college women who are at high risk for developing an eating disorder.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Eating Disorders Behavioral: Web-based intervention to reduce eating disorder risk factors Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Female college students who use unhealthy weight control methods and have body image concerns may be at risk for developing an eating disorder. Developing and evaluating interventions to reduce eating disorders in high-risk populations is of great public health importance.

Participants are randomly assigned to either join a web-based risk-reduction program or receive no intervention. The 9-week risk-reduction program focuses on reducing body image and weight/shape concerns, identifying the risks of eating disorders, and increasing healthy weight regulation practices. The program includes weekly readings, writing assignments, and participation in a moderated electronic discussion group. Changes in body mass index (BMI) and the occurrence of major stressors and psychiatric events are assessed to determine their impact on the incidence of eating disorders. One-year incidence of eating disorders is determined by a diagnostic interview, and follow up may continue for up to 2.5 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 206 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Interventions to Reduce Eating Disorder Risk Factors
Study Start Date : February 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 30, 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : April 30, 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention
An 8-week, Internet- based, structured cognitive- behavioral program combined with an online, asynchronous, moderated discussion group.
Behavioral: Web-based intervention to reduce eating disorder risk factors
No Intervention: Control
The waitlist control group was only contacted at the time of assessments and was offered the intervention at the end of the study, after the 2-year follow-up assessment was completed.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Onset of an eating disorder [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    The main outcome is the onset of an eating disorder, as defined by DSM-IV

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in eating disorder behaviors [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Eating disorder behaviors as measured by the Eating Disorder Examination. We will also measure attitudes related to eating disorder onset risk

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • College students at risk for developing an eating disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Suicidal or other severe psychopathology
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Body mass index (BMI) < 18 or > 32
  • Current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or bulimia nervosa and have been in treatment within the past 6 months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00050570

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United States, California
Stanford University, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Responsible Party: Craig Barr Taylor, Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00050570    
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH060453 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH060453 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: December 17, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 18, 2020
Last Verified: March 2020
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Feeding and Eating Disorders
Mental Disorders