Research finds,”Mobile apps are effective tools for weight loss management and sustaining such loss when compared to standard interventions”

Alnuaimi, A., Rawaf, S., Hassounah, S., & Chehab, M. |2019 |Use of mobile applications in the management of overweight and obesity in primary and secondary care |JRSM Open | https://doi.org/10.1177/2054270419843826

A new systematic review (SR) published in the JRSM Open analysed studies which used apps on mobile devices in the management of obesity in adults in primary and secondary care settings; the SR’s findings indicate  that  these apps have the potential to facilitate the management of weight loss among overweight and obese individuals.

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Summary

Mobile technology has emerged as a potentially useful application in the process of facilitating weight loss management. While several empirical studies have demonstrated the positive effects of mobile-based interventions, the extent of such effectiveness is still a topic of debate. Thus, the current systematic review involved searching electronic databases for studies on the use of mobile app-based interventions in the management of overweight and obesity among adults over 18 years of age in a primary and secondary care setting. The results of the review revealed that mobile apps are effective tools for weight loss management and sustaining such loss when compared to standard interventions. However, further research is needed to consider the sustained benefits and the applicability of mobile app-based interventions for large-scale population coverage.

The journal article is available from JRSM Open

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