Piloting a Novel Intuitive Eating Intervention for College Women With Disordered Eating

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Status

Completed

Conditions

Disordered Eating Behaviors

Treatments

Behavioral: Group Intervention
Behavioral: Guided Self-Help

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03612661
HM20012263

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this research study is to pilot test a new intervention that helps young adult women learn adaptive eating and exercise strategies, increase their body acceptance, decrease unhealthy weight control behaviors and prevent future eating and problems. This intervention is experimental, and the study will test its feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness.

Full description

The intervention, Intuitive Eating, is an eating approach that addresses important risk factors and promotes adaptive eating attitudes and behaviors. It has three central tenets: 1) unconditional permission to eat when hungry, 2) eating for physical rather than emotional reasons, and 3) eating according to hunger and satiety cues. Intuitive Eating has ten principles that focus on rejecting the dieting mentality, honoring hunger cues, decreasing restrictive behaviors that lead to deprivation and bingeing, challenging rigid food rules, increasing awareness of satiety, discovering the satisfaction of food, coping with emotions without food, respecting and accepting one's body, using exercise as self-care, and balancing nutrition with satisfaction.

Enrollment

71 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

18 to 25 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Not currently pregnant
  • Enrolled in postsecondary education at VCU
  • Have body image or eating concerns

Exclusion criteria

  • Eating disorder threshold risk
  • Men
  • Pregnant women

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

71 participants in 2 patient groups

Intuitive Eating Group Intervention
Experimental group
Description:
Intuitive eating intervention delivered in a group format with 8-10 women, led by 2 facilitators.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Group Intervention
Intuitive Eating Guided Self-Help
Experimental group
Description:
Participants in this condition engage in 8 weeks of self-study of the intuitive eating intervention have ~20 minute weekly phone call with a study interventionist.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Guided Self-Help

Trial documents
1

Trial contacts and locations

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