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Technology assisted weight loss interventions show promise

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Obesity has gained attention as a catastrophic epidemic across the United States and worldwide. In a high tech era there are now new options for dealing with obesity. There are technology assisted weight loss programs which could be worthwhile trying reported NYU Langone Medical Center via Newswise on Aug. 29, 2014.

David Levine, MD, MA, who is a third year resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and his colleagues have discovered that in comparison to usual care, technology-assisted interventions particularly in the primary care setting assist patients in achieving weight loss. The researchers observed weight loss of up to 12 pounds over a 36 month period with the use of technology-assisted interventions. The technologies included web-based applications, in-home DVD programs, and software which guided doctors to offer better counseling for their patients.

This study has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). In comparison to usual standard care, technology-assisted interventions used in the primary care setting really help patients achieve weight loss. Technology-assisted weight loss interventions clearly often offer novel ways of improving treatment for obesity which are worth considering.