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

Andrea T. Kozak, Joanna Buscemi, Misty A.W. Hawkins, Monica L. Wang, Jessica Y. Breland, Kathryn M. Ross, Anupama Kommu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Dissemination
  • eHealth
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Recommendations
  • Review
  • Technology-based weight management

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