Using technology to promote postpartum weight loss in urban, low-income mothers: a pilot randomized controlled trial.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To examine the feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy of a technology-based weight loss intervention for urban, low-income mothers.


Eighteen obese, ethnic minority, socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers in the first year after childbirth were randomly assigned to either: 1) technology-based intervention, which included empirically supported behavior-change strategies, daily skills, and self-monitoring text messages with personalized feedback, biweekly counseling calls from a health coach, and access to a Facebook support group, or 2) usual-care control.


After 14 weeks of treatment, the technology-based intervention participants had significantly greater weight loss (-2.9 ± 3.6 kg) than usual care (0.5 ± 2.3 kg; adjusted mean difference: -3.2 kg, 95% confidence interval -6.2 to -0.1 kg, P = .04). One-third of intervention participants (3 of 9) and no control participants lost > 5% of their initial body weight at follow up.

Conclusions and implications

Results suggest the potential for using technology to deliver a postpartum weight loss intervention among low-income racial/ethnic minorities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Herring, SJ; Cruice, JF; Bennett, GG; Davey, A; Foster, GD

Published Date

  • November 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 610 - 615

PubMed ID

  • 25069621

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4254220

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-2620

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1499-4046

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.002


  • eng