Innovative interventions to promote behavioral change in overweight or obese individuals: A review of the literature.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The overweight and obesity trends have risen over the past few decades, placing significant burdens on health care in terms of increased morbidity and cost. Behavioral change therapy is an effective treatment strategy and includes goal setting, self-monitoring, problem solving, and reinforcement tactics. Traditionally, behavior change therapy has been delivered using face-to-face counseling along with paper and pen recording of dietary intake and physical activity. The current advances in technology provide opportunities to deliver interventions using cellphones, internet, and active video games. These new methods to deliver behavior change for the management and prevention of obesity are being developed in order to increase access, improve convenience, decrease cost, and increase participant engagement. In this review, we present new approaches to promote behavior changes in the management of obesity. Currently available data show promising results. However, future research is needed to address study limitations and implementation challenges of these innovative interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Okorodudu, DE; Bosworth, HB; Corsino, L

Published Date

  • May 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 179 - 185

PubMed ID

  • 25011006

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4398644

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2060

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/07853890.2014.931102


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England