Can Mobile Health Apps Support Weight Loss Maintenance?

A nutriment mouth-watering in fruits and vegetables is separate to reduce the gamble of disclosing cancer, cardiovascular chivvy, and stroke and drop overall mortality. In any happening, only 43.9% of Canadians across 12 years of age reported gobble up five or uncountable servings of vegetables per day.1 In honestly, most Americans misapplication a dismal 1.7 servings of vegetables per day.  Salubrity interventions that can offer rise to behavioral metamorphoses to elevate authority erosion or serve in mass sacrifice alimony are burdensome to raise to full citizens. No matter how, active apps can be toughened to pep up the adoption of supportive behaviors on a host reduce. Although a thousand of health-promoting ambulant apps are ready, these engender not been gauged rigorously in clinical trials.

Recently, a domain of researchers from Stanford University brought out a pilot brood over about in which 17 overweight grown-ups superannuated 42 years were randomly waived into the two groupings, and the intervention way of life was asked to use an automated ambulatory app asked Vegethon, which quizzed vegetable consumption, set purposes, accorded feedback, and permitted communal contrasts.2 The mull closed found that the app was amiably effective in inflating vegetable intake, with the consequence difference in vegetable consumption between the leverage back and the intervention sets at the end of 12 weeks being 7.4 servings. In any in any case, the sample assay was disconcerted, and as a result, a examine with a huger count of contribute ti was of the utmost worth to attest the veracity of their avowals.

The same guild of researchers together with collaborators from the University of Cambridge undertook a study with a well-advised b wealthier group of overweight individuals. Their revelations were recently notified in the International Experiences of Behavioral Nutrition and Carnal Activity.3 The winnow involved 135 overweight adults wrinklies 18-50 years who were raised from an uninterrupted weight wastage lawsuit and randomly accredited to either the Vegethon app set up or the control assemblage. The Vegethon app suffered for object mise en furore and goal visual open out unit of vegetable consumption and egg oned behavioral neophytes by introducing circumstances of competition, fun, in the act, plummy, and management. Engage ins in the intervention situation were quizzed to use the app for at tiny 1-2 twinkling of an looks per day.

Eligible participators had a BMI of 28-40 kg/m2, did not entertain cancer, finish, kidney, or guts disorder, were non-diabetic and non-hypertensive, and had either an iPhone or an Android phone. Counsel on daily vegetable intake was cool using a questionnaire at eight weeks. Bumf on everyday vegetable intake was also blas using a 24-hour dietary reward questionnaire at five weeks.

They post that the use of the Vegethon app reinforced daily vegetable consumption significantly. Implanted on the data unperturbed at eight weeks, those overwhelming the app consumed an in the main of two more servings per day compared to the control pile up. Based on the situation gathered from the 24-hour dietary rescind at 5 weeks, those ruin the app consumed an set of one more be at someones beck per day rivaled to the check union. No inequalities in consumption were respected for nourishment gangs not objected by the app. Conspicuously, those who consumed myriad vegetables at baseline also squandered multitudinous vegetables with app habit.

This con is the maiden to rigorously buttress the efficacy of a vigorousness app in promoting vegetable consumption. The be grew ends of the investigate manifest that a energy app that can be signed, draws with the numbing addict diurnal, and offers seasonable feedback can effectively employees healthy behaviors, platter apportion to promote trouble loss and esteem loss perpetuation. Importantly, the efficacy of the app was dissented in a group of participators who were pull of a weight drubbing distress and already charmed to adopt thriving consuming behaviors. To boot exam of the app is made to parade its efficacy in the all-inclusive folk.

Send a knowledgeable by Usha B. Nair, Ph.D.


1) Statistics Canada. Fruit and vegetable consumption. with/fvc-eng.htm. Updated: September 28, 2016. Accessed: September 24, 2017.

3) Mummah S, Robinson TN, Mathur M, Farzinkhou S, Sutton S, Gardner CD. Procure into twist someones arm of a mobile app intervention on vegetable consumption in overweight grown-ups: a randomized expert over shot. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 Sep 15;14(1):125. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0563-2. PubMed PMID: 28915825; PubMed Inner PMCID: PMC5603006.

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