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Arnold School of Public Health

NETworks for Weight Loss

Study Overview

More than two-thirds (69%) of adults in the United States are overweight or obese which is linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and some cancers.  Activating social support has been found to be an effective strategy to promote short-term weight loss, and it also appears to be a promising method to maintain weight. 

This pilot feasibility study examined whether a behavioral weight control program that engages the natural social support system of participants through the shared use of technology and social media produces better weight loss outcomes than a standard group-based behavioral weight control program alone.  All participants in both weight control programs were provided with digital scales and physical activity trackers, and those in the social network enhanced condition were also provided with technology for selected members of their family and friends to determine the best methods of facilitating weight loss and sustained weight control behaviors 


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Research Team

PI:  Courtney Monroe, PhD - UofSC, Department of Exercise Science
Co-PI:  Delia West, PhD - UofSC, Department of Exercise Science

Current Status

Data Analysis

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