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Most Mobile Weight-Loss Apps Lack Proven Behavioral Change Strategies

October 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study that evaluated 30 popular mobile weight-loss apps lack effective behavioral diet strategies, such as stimulus willpower control, problem solving, stress reduction and relapse prevention. Lacking these so-called evidence-based – i.e., scientifically proven to be effective – strategies, means the apps go only so far in helping people lose weight because they do not provide strategies for staying on track when motivation flags. Twenty-eight out of 30 of the apps included only five of the 20 proven behavioral strategies. The top two apps include only 65 percent of the 20 strategies.
Pagoto et al. , "Evidence-based strategies in weight-loss mobile apps", American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 08, 2013, © American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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