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Technology-based interventions for weight management: current randomized controlled trial evidence and future directions.

Kozak AT, Buscemi J, Hawkins MA, Wang ML, Breland JY, Ross KM, Kommu A. Technology-based interventions for weight management: current randomized controlled trial evidence and future directions. Journal of behavioral medicine. 2017 Feb 1; 40(1):99-111.

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Abstract:

Obesity is a prevalent health care issue associated with disability, premature morality, and high costs. Behavioral weight management interventions lead to clinically significant weight losses in overweight and obese individuals; however, many individuals are not able to participate in these face-to-face treatments due to limited access, cost, and/or time constraints. Technological advances such as widespread access to the Internet, increased use of smartphones, and newer behavioral self-monitoring tools have resulted in the development of a variety of eHealth weight management programs. In the present paper, a summary of the most current literature is provided along with potential solutions to methodological challenges (e.g., high attrition, minimal participant racial/ethnic diversity, heterogeneity of technology delivery modes). Dissemination and policy implications will be highlighted as future directions for the field of eHealth weight management.





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