Peer Interactions and Food Are Substitutable in Youth

U

University at Buffalo

Status

Completed

Conditions

Activity Choices
Caloric Intake
Social Time

Study type

Observational

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00875121
DB#2220
1R01HD057190-01A1 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)

Details and patient eligibility

About

This study examines the effects of increasing the cost of social interactions and food on overweight and non-overweight youth. Using a computerized operant task youth will earn points exchangeable for food and social activity. The investigators predict that both overweight and non-overweight children will substitute food for interactions with an unfamiliar peer when this alternative is made expensive. Also, the investigators predict that both overweight and lean participants will defend their choice to spend time with a friend even when this alternative is made expensive.

Sex

All

Ages

9 to 11 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Boys and girls ages 9-11
  • Children must have a BMI equal to or greater than 15th percentile for their age
  • Children must report at least a moderate liking of the study foods

Exclusion criteria

  • Children should not have any food allergies
  • Children should not have any dietary restraint
  • Children should not a cold or upper respiratory distress
  • Children should not have any psychopathology
  • Children should not have any developmental disabilities
  • Children should not be taking any medications that could influence their sense of smell and taste and activity level

Trial contacts and locations

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