February 21, 2017
Adults with overweight and obesity participating in a mobile phone-based weight-loss intervention are more likely to achieve meaningful weight loss when the intervention includes personalized contact, according to a recent meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
“Weight-loss interventions delivered via mobile phones are effective when there is some form of personal contact with the people delivering the intervention,” Mandy Schippers, MSc, an e-research developer at the Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, told Endocrine Today. “For example, if text messages are sent to participants, these are not automated messages, but personal messages. Interventions also lead to more weight loss if they include communication via other mediums in addition to mobile phones, such as email, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings.”