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Information Technology Can Simplify Weight-Loss Efforts; Social Support Still Important for Success, MU Researcher Finds

May 7, 2014

Cheryl Shigaki, an associate professor in the MU School of Health Professions, found that information technology, such as smartphone applications, can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives.

Story by: MU News Bureau 

“According to Shigaki, prior research on weight loss programming has shown that social and informational supports are important for individuals’ dieting success, along with learning skills for self-management, problem-solving and behavior change. Smartphone apps can increase access to information, and people generally are willing to explore many different weight loss applications, Shigaki said. Although use of those apps may increase participants’ engagement and persistence, individuals still must practice accountability for their health behaviors to succeed, Shigaki said.” More…