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Religions 2018, 9(3), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9030088

Protocol for a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare the “Taste & See” Programme—A Church-Based Programme to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food—With a Wait-List Control

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 15 March 2018 / Accepted: 16 March 2018 / Published: 20 March 2018
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(1) Background: Obesity is strongly associated with poor mental-health. Spiritual and religious wellbeing is associated with improved mental well-being and reduced emotional eating. “Taste & See”, a church based programme to help develop a healthy relationship with food has been successfully tested for feasibility in the UK but an adequately powered randomised controlled trial is needed to test efficacy. This paper reports on the protocol for such a trial; (2) Method: A cluster, randomised controlled trial where Christian churches (any denomination) are the unit of randomisation. 150 overweight adults will be recruited from approximately 15 churches (clusters) in the UK, each church (cluster) will recruit approximately 10 participants. Churches will be randomised 2:1 to either begin the “Taste & See” programme immediately or in 10 weeks’ time. Data on eating habits, mental and spiritual health will be collected online before and after the intervention and control period and follow-up will continue until 2 years; (3) Implication of Results: Should the programme prove effective it will provide strong clinical evidence of the role of churches in improving the health and well-being of those struggling with food and weight issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; weight; emotional eating; cluster randomized controlled trial; religious; spiritual; church; Christian; community; public health; intuitive eating obesity; weight; emotional eating; cluster randomized controlled trial; religious; spiritual; church; Christian; community; public health; intuitive eating
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Lycett, D. Protocol for a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare the “Taste & See” Programme—A Church-Based Programme to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food—With a Wait-List Control. Religions 2018, 9, 88.

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