Short message service (SMS) text messaging as an intervention medium for weight loss: A literature review.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Nearly 68% of American adults are obese or overweight. Mobile devices such as mobile phones have emerged as a mode of intervention delivery to help people improve their health, particularly in relation to weight loss. This literature review examines the relationship between the use of short message service (SMS) text messaging as an intervention medium and weight loss. Results from this literature review (n = 14) suggest that SMS as an intervention tool for weight loss is still in its infancy. Initial results are promising but continued investigation is needed. We offer several recommendations for future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shaw, R; Bosworth, H

Published Date

  • December 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 235 - 250

PubMed ID

  • 23257055

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3675895

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-2811

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1460458212442422


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England