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Virtual Weight Management Program for Obesity

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Research Sponsored by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
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Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 2 years
Awards & highlights


This trial will expand a virtual weight loss program to rural areas in Illinois, using dietary and lifestyle modifications to help adults with obesity. Rural areas face unique challenges with obesity.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for adults aged 18-75 living in specific rural counties of Illinois who are not pregnant or lactating, willing to weigh themselves daily for two years, and have a BMI indicating they are overweight. Participants must be fluent in English, able to access Wi-Fi weekly, and committed to losing at least 20 pounds.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The EMPOWER study tests a virtual weight management program designed for rural adults with obesity. It involves dietary changes and lifestyle modifications delivered online, aiming to help participants lose weight and maintain it.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since the intervention focuses on diet and lifestyle changes rather than medication or surgery, side effects may include typical reactions to dieting such as hunger pangs, mood swings, fatigue during adjustment periods or potential nutrient deficiencies if not monitored properly.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~2 years
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 2 years for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

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Primary outcome measures
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Completion of study measures
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Secondary outcome measures
Dietary Habits - fiber density
Dietary habits - protein density
Weight loss

Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Weight Management InterventionExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
During a 12-month period, participants will attend a total of 22 diet improvement sessions, each of which will last approximately 45-minutes. Twelve sessions will be held in the first 5 months and will be focused on safe and efficient weight loss. The participants will learn to create a personalized weight loss diet from their kitchen based on their diet practice and food preference. The next 10 sessions will be held in the last 7 months and will be focused on weight maintenance and healthy eating. The participants will build skills to select foods and create meals that prevent them from overeating. Participants will be followed by daily self-weighing for 1 year after intervention.
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Weight Management Intervention

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Who is running the clinical trial?

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignLead Sponsor
193 Previous Clinical Trials
37,512 Total Patients Enrolled
22 Trials studying Obesity
2,474 Patients Enrolled for Obesity

Media Library

Weight Management Intervention Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05587790 — N/A
Obesity Research Study Groups: Weight Management Intervention
Obesity Clinical Trial 2023: Weight Management Intervention Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05587790 — N/A
Weight Management Intervention 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05587790 — N/A
~5 spots leftby Jul 2025