A mobile health intervention for weight management among young adults: a pilot randomised controlled trial

L. Hebden, A. Cook, H.P. van der Ploeg, L. King, A. Bauman, M. Allman-Farinelli

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Background: Today's generation of young adults are gaining weight faster than their parents; however, there remains insufficient evidence to inform interventions to prevent this weight gain. Mobile phones are a popular means of communication that may provide a convenient, inexpensive means to deliver health intervention programmes. This pilot study aimed to measure the effect of a 12-week mobile health (mHealth) intervention on body weight, body mass index and specific lifestyle behaviours addressed by the programme. Methods: University students and staff aged 18-35 years (n = 51) were randomised (ratio 1 : 1, intervention : control). Both groups received a printed diet booklet with instructions prepared by a dietitian. The intervention group also received Short Message Service (SMS) text messages (four per week), e-mails (four per week), and had access to smartphone applications and Internet forums. Results: Pre- to post-intervention, participants in the intervention group decreased their body weight [mean (SD)] [-1.6 (2.6) kg], increased their light intensity activity [34 (35) min day
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-332
JournalJournal of human nutrition and dietetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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