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Mobile Phone App Plus Nutrition Education Yields Significant Weight Loss

December 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Mobile apps and widgets that help people keep track of eating and calories can help people lose weight, as long as the technology is supplemented by classes on nutrition and exercise, according to a U.S. study. The study included 69 overweight and obese adults – mainly men – who were an average age of 58. All participants had a coach and all were offered health education classes on nutrition, exercise and behavior change. People who used the mobile phone technology and attended 80 percent of the health education sessions lost 15 pounds and maintained the loss for one year. A control group that received nutrition education – but no mobile app – did not lose weight.
Bonnie Spring et al., "Integrating Technology Into Standard Weight Loss Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial", Archives of Internal Medicine, December 10, 2012, © American Medical Association
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