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Can mobile technology improve weight loss in overweight and obese patients?

By Lisa M. Harris, Anne Mounsey and Joan Nashelsky

Abstract

JFP06602111 (FPIN file name)Q: Can mobile technology improve weight loss in overweight and obese patients? Evidence-based answer: Yes, this technology can help in the short term. Mobile technology compared with minimal or no intervention increases short-term (<6 months) weight loss (1.4 to 2.7 kg) in overweight and obese patients (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, meta-analysis of good quality studies and randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Interventions that combine nonelectronic measures with mobile technology increase weight loss more effectively (3.7 kg) than no intervention (SOR: A,  metaanalysis of good-quality studies and RCTs). Using mobile technology shows no significant benefits for weight loss after 12 months (SOR: A, multiple good-quality RCTs)

Topics: weight loss ; overweight ; obese ; mobile technology ; health motivation
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Year: 2017
OAI identifier: oai:mospace.umsystem.edu:10355/59118

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