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Healthcare 2018, 6(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6020039

A Targeted and Tailored eHealth Weight Loss Program for Young Women: The Be Positive Be Healthe Randomized Controlled Trial

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School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
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School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
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School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
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School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
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Clinical Research Design and Statistics Support Unit, Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights 2305, Australia
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Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 18 April 2018 / Accepted: 26 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dietary Management of Obesity)
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Young women are gaining weight rapidly. Evidence for effective weight loss interventions targeting young women is lacking. This randomized controlled trial assessed the efficacy and acceptability of a six-month targeted and tailored eHealth weight loss program for young women (Be Positive Be Healthe (BPBH)). Women aged 18–35 years were randomized to BPBH (n = 29) or control (n = 28). BPBH supported participants to modify diet and physical activity behaviours using evidenced-based strategies (e.g., self-monitoring) tailored for young women and delivered using e-health (website, social media, smartphone application, email, text messages). The primary outcome was a change in weight (kg) at six months. Acceptability was assessed via a process evaluation survey and usage of intervention components. No significant between-group differences were observed for weight, with significant mean differences favouring the intervention group observed for body fat (kg) (−3.10 (−5.69, 0.52), p = 0.019) and intakes of alcohol (g) (−0.69 (−1.33, 0.04), p = 0.037), vegetables (% energy/day) (4.71 (−2.20, 7.22), p < 0.001) and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods (% energy/day) (−9.23 (−16.94, 1.52), p = 0.018). Retention, intervention usage and satisfaction were moderate. BPBH facilitated positive improvements in body fat and dietary intake, but not weight. Intervention acceptability findings support the use of some intervention components (e.g., Facebook, Smartphone app) with young women. View Full-Text
Keywords: young women; weight loss; intervention; behavioural health; e-health; technology young women; weight loss; intervention; behavioural health; e-health; technology
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Hutchesson, M.J.; Callister, R.; Morgan, P.J.; Pranata, I.; Clarke, E.D.; Skinner, G.; Ashton, L.M.; Whatnall, M.C.; Jones, M.; Oldmeadow, C.; Collins, C.E. A Targeted and Tailored eHealth Weight Loss Program for Young Women: The Be Positive Be Healthe Randomized Controlled Trial. Healthcare 2018, 6, 39.

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