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Key Principles in Internet-Based Weight Management Systems

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Objective : To provide a review of weight management components as a means for developing suggested guidelines for online program development or selection.

Methods : Forty-two published studies associated with Internet programs were reviewed.

Results : Studies included online weight management components: tailored feedback, social support, self-monitoring, and interactive components. Five key principles associated with Internet-based weight management programming are presented: (1) recreate the human experience, (2) personalize to the individual, (3) create a dynamic experience, (4) provide a supportive environment, and (5) build upon sound theory.

Conclusions : Key principles can guide in the development or selection of online weight management programs.

Keywords: Internet; obesity; online; weight loss

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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