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SlipBuddy: A Mobile Health Intervention to Prevent Overeating

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Title:SlipBuddy: A Mobile Health Intervention to Prevent Overeating
Authors:Tulu, Bengisu
Ruiz, Carolina
Allard, Joshua
Acheson, Joseph
Busch, Andrew
show 5 moreRoskuski, Andrew
Heeringa, Gage
Jaskula, Victor
Oleski, Jessica
Pagoto, Sherry
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Keywords:mobile app
weight loss
behavioral change
decision trees
Date Issued:04 Jan 2017
Abstract:Obesity is one of the top health issues around the globe. Rapid adoption of smartphones presents an opportunity for delivering technology-based interventions that are designed to tackle behaviors that contribute to weight gain. Research shows that the vast majority of weight loss apps in the market place do not go beyond deploying tracking based strategies that are burdensome to the users. In this study, we present a new mobile app and an intervention system called SlipBuddy that puts less burden on users and implements stimulus control strategy to help users lose weight. We describe the SlipBuddy system in detail and present the results of the first phase of a pilot study. Our findings indicate that a mobile app that simply helps users identify and track overeating episodes can potentially result in weight loss.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections: Mobile Apps and Wearables for Health Management, Analytics, and Decision Making Minitrack

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