This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions overweight, obesity
Treatments teams (talking about eating, activity, mutual support), need support training
Sponsor University of Connecticut
Start date June 2015
End date September 2017
Trial size 128 participants
Trial identifier NCT02570009, HL125157


Obesity risk is shared within married couples yet most existing weight loss programs focus on individuals and not the marital dyad. This project will test the effects of a couples weight loss program that teaches spouses how to provide each other with autonomy support and create an interpersonal environment that promotes sustained behavior change.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
(Active Comparator)
teams (talking about eating, activity, mutual support)
(Active Comparator)
teams (talking about eating, activity, mutual support)
need support training

Primary Outcomes

Weight loss
time frame: One year

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 18-70 years old interested in receiving free weight loss treatment with their spouse have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 45 kg/m2. Individuals who respond to the advertisement will be screened for eligibility by phone. Eligibility will be limited to married/cohabitating couples (n=64) in which each spouse is 18-70 years old with a BMI between 25-45 kg/m2. Exclusion Criteria: currently in a weight loss program, dieting, or taking medications that might affect weight participated in a weight loss program in the past year have lost > 10% of body weight during past 6 months are currently participating in any other research study that may interfere with this study are pregnant, lactating, < 6 months postpartum, or plan to become pregnant during the study have undergone cancer treatment within the past year, not including skin cancer treatment have substance abuse, dependence, average more than 14 drinks per week, or are currently being treated for alcohol or substance abuse have a heart condition, chest pain during periods of activity or rest, or loss of consciousness report uncontrolled hypertension, history of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease or have a blood pressure ≥160/100 mmHG as measured by study staff at baseline report chronic gastrointestinal disease endorse having hepatitis B or C, cirrhosis, or HIV; or report a significant psychiatric illness that may interfere with completion of the study deemed by study staff to be unlikely to adhere to study protocol (e.g. moving in the next 12 months).

Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Connecticut.