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Mobile Apps Aid Weight Loss

Mobile phones, apps and behavior change are good partners.

Mobile App and Weight Loss

Mobile phones are a cozy home for apps with a range of functions, from calling for a ride to recording diet and exercise histories.

To evaluate the effectiveness of using a weight loss app, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 14 studies (described in the journal Obesity) including 2,129 people, average age 58.4 years, with type 2 diabetes. Participants who used a mobile app significantly reduced their body weight and decreased their waist circumference, but not their body mass index. People with obesity and those who used the app along with other behavioral interventions experienced the best improvements.

Patricia Ryan, MS

Patricia Ryan, MS, develops educational content for leaders and professionals in the wellness, fitness and older-adult marketplaces. Ryan has conducted market research and authored numerous white papers, survey reports, industry analyses and research reviews along with producing educational webinars. She holds a master’s of science degree in instructional technology aimed at designing professional education. She was IDEA’s first editor in chief and developed the Gold Standard of content for which IDEA is still known.

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