Can mobile technology improve weight loss in overweight and obese patients?
Q: Can mobile technology improve weight loss in overweight and obese patients? Evidence-based answer: Yes, this technology can help in the short term. Mobile technology compared with minimal or no intervention increases short-term (<6 months) weight loss (1.4 to 2.7 kg) in overweight and obese patients (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, meta-analysis of good quality studies and randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Interventions that combine nonelectronic measures with mobile technology increase weight loss more effectively (3.7 kg) than no intervention (SOR: A, metaanalysis of good-quality studies and RCTs). Using mobile technology shows no significant benefits for weight loss after 12 months (SOR: A, multiple good-quality RCTs).
Journal of Family Practice, 66(02) 2017: 111-113.