Do You Want To Lose Weight?

Are You Interested In Participating In An Evidence-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Program Conducted Over The Internet?

If you answered yes, then you may be interested in learning more about CHAT an exciting new weight loss research program. CHAT is designed to help overweight adults make lifestyle changes to their eating and exercise habits so that they can lose weight.

Think you may be interested?? ... Continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions.

    What is CHAT about?
CHAT is an internet-based weight loss research program designed especially for overweight or obese women who want to lose weight through dietary change and increased physical activity. The study uses a behavioral approach that has been proven effective at helping people make changes in their diet and physical activity to lose weight and improve their health.

CHAT examines the research question of whether a group-based online program via a text chat or a video chat produces the best long-term weight losses

If you are enrolled in CHAT, you will have a chance of getting either (1) the group program using a text-based chat or (2) a group program using a video-based chat. You will be randomized by a computer to which program you would receive.

    Am I eligible for this research weight loss program?
You may be eligible if:

  • You have a computer with access to the internet and are comfortable using the internet;
  • You agree to be assigned to EITHER one of the different group formats and can attend all meetings;
  • You are female 18 years or older;
  • You are overweight or obese.
    Can I choose which program I get?
No, a computer will determine which program you are in. You have a 50/50 chance of getting into either one of the programs. But both formats have the same information and can help you lose weight.

    How much will it cost me?
CHAT is provided at no cost to research participants who are eligible.

    How long does the program last?
CHAT will last for 6 months, giving you time to lose a moderate amount of weight and learn how to maintain your weight loss.

    What do I have to do for the research?
You are asked to commit to coming to data collection visits at the start of the study, and at 2 and 6 months after you start the study, and you will be asked to complete questionnaires at each of these times.

Thank you for your interest in the CHAT study. We are no longer recruiting for this study but hope to have studies available in the future.