Burlington, Vermont 05405


Purpose:

The proposed pilot study will examine cooking as an intervention target for weight control in overweight adults. The study will also examine whether interventions designed to promote cooking at home can increase participants' sense of food agency, and overcome common barriers to cooking at home such as time scarcity and budget constrictions. The study will utilize a cooking pedagogy designed to not just teach participants the basics of cooking different foods, but how to be efficient, mindful cooks. If cooking class participation positively impacts diet and health outcomes, it will bolster the case for promoting cooking at home as a health behavior for multiple populations.


Study summary:

A two arm randomized control trial will examine whether the addition of an active cooking lesson versus a passive observed lesson to a behavioral weight loss intervention results in significantly greater weight loss. Additionally, the study will examine whether interventions designed to promote cooking at home can increase participants' sense of food agency, and overcome common barriers to cooking at home such as time scarcity and budget constrictions. Overweight and obese but otherwise healthy participants (n=64) will be recruited. Recruitment and study initiation will occur in two waves. Wave 1 aims to recruit 32 individuals who will then be randomized to 1) a 24 week, 24 session group behavioral weight loss intervention with 12 bi-weekly cooking lessons; or, 2) the same 24 week, 24 session group behavioral weight loss intervention with 12 bi-weekly cooking demonstrations. Both groups get the same intervention and the same counselor delivered intervention elements; the presence of active cooking lessons vs. passive observed cooking demonstrations is the only difference between conditions. Assessments will be conducted at 0, 3 and 6 months. Wave 2 (n=32) will follow the same process as Wave 1 approximately two months after Wave 1 is initiated.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - only individuals who are cooking (from scratch) no more than 3 meals at home per week will be eligible. - must have a computer or smart device with internet access (at home or work) in order to track their diet and exercise behaviors, - potential participants will be required to demonstrate some ability to comply with study intervention procedures to be eligible (specifically, they must complete an online dietary self-monitoring diary for 3 days) - must be at least 18 years old and have a BMI between 25-50 kg/m2 - must agree to be randomized to either study arm and available for both scheduled meeting times in person on the University of Vermont campus Exclusion Criteria: - pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the next 6 months or lactating - physical conditions that would preclude exercise - medication affecting weight loss - currently enrolled in another weight loss program - currently cooking more than 3 meals from scratch at home per week


NCT ID:

NCT03783962


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Jean R Harvey, PhD, RD
University of Vermont

Mattie Alpaugh, MS
Phone: 802-656-9526
Email: malpaugh@uvm.edu


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Burlington, Vermont 05405
United States

Mattie Alpaugh
Phone: 802-656-9526
Email: malpaugh@uvm.edu

Site Status: Recruiting


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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