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Characteristics of European adults who dropped out from the Food4Me Internet-based personalised nutrition intervention

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katherine Livingstone, Dr Carlos Celis Morales, Eileen Gibney, Professor Lorraine Brennan, Professor John Mathers

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Copyright © The Authors 2016 Objective: To characterise participants who dropped out of the Food4Me Proof-of-Principle study. Design: The Food4Me study was an Internet-based, 6-month, four-arm, randomised controlled trial. The control group received generalised dietary and lifestyle recommendations, whereas participants randomised to three different levels of personalised nutrition (PN) received advice based on dietary, phenotypic and/or genotypic data, respectively (with either more or less frequent feedback). Setting: Seven recruitment sites: UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Poland and Greece. Subjects: Adults aged 18–79 years (n 1607). Results: A total of 337 (21 %) participants dropped out during the intervention. At baseline, dropouts had higher BMI (0·5 kg/m2; P<0·001). Attrition did not differ significantly between individuals receiving generalised dietary guidelines (Control) and those randomised to PN. Participants were more likely to drop out (OR; 95 % CI) if they received more frequent feedback (1·81; 1·36, 2·41; P<0·001), were female (1·38; 1·06, 1·78; P=0·015), less than 45 years old (2·57; 1·95, 3·39; P<0·001) and obese (2·25; 1·47, 3·43; P<0·001). Attrition was more likely in participants who reported an interest in losing weight (1·53; 1·19, 1·97; P<0·001) or skipping meals (1·75; 1·16, 2·65; P=0·008), and less likely if participants claimed to eat healthily frequently (0·62; 0·45, 0·86; P=0·003). Conclusions: Attrition did not differ between participants receiving generalised or PN advice but more frequent feedback was related to attrition for those randomised to PN interventions. Better strategies are required to minimise dropouts among younger and obese individuals participating in PN interventions and more frequent feedback may be an unnecessary burden.


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Author(s): Livingstone KM, Celis-Morales C, Macready AL, Fallaize R, Forster H, Woolhead C, O'Donovan CB, Marsaux CF, Navas-Carretero S, San-Cristobal R, Kolossa S, Tsirigoti L, Lambrinou CP, Moschonis G, Surwillo A, Drevon CA, Manios Y, Traczyk I, Gibney ER, Brennan L, Walsh MC, Lovegrove JA, Martinez JA, Saris WH, Daniel H, Gibney M, Mathers JC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Health Nutrition

Year: 2017

Volume: 20

Issue: 1

Pages: 53-63

Print publication date: 01/01/2017

Online publication date: 05/08/2016

Acceptance date: 28/06/2016

Date deposited: 03/07/2018

ISSN (print): 1368-9800

ISSN (electronic): 1475-2727

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980016002020

DOI: 10.1017/S1368980016002020


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