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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):206-13.

Key principles in internet-based weight management systems.

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eHealth Innovations Group, Department of HPER, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. robert.bensley@wmich.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
19814600
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