Technology-based interventions in the treatment of overweight and obesity: A systematic review

Lieke C.H. Raaijmakers, Sjaak Pouwels, Kim A. Berghuis, Simon W. Nienhuijs

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The prevalence of obesity increases worldwide. The use of technology-based interventions can be beneficial in weight loss interventions. This review aims to provide insight in the effectiveness of technology-based interventions on weight loss and quality of life for patients suffering overweight or obesity compared to standard care.Pubmed, PsycInfo, Web of Science, ScienceDirect, CINAHL and Embase were searched from the earliest date (of each database) up to February 2015. Interventions needed to be aimed at reducing or maintaining weight loss in persons with a body mass index (BMI)≥25kg/m2 and have a technology aspect. Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias was used for rating the methodological quality.Twenty-seven trials met inclusion criteria. Thirteen studies showed significant effects on weight loss compared to controls. Most interventions used a web-based approach (42%). Interventions were screened for five technical key components: self-monitoring, counsellor feedback and communication, group support, use of a structured program and use of an individually tailored program. All interventions that used a combination of all five or four components showed significant decreases in weight compared to controls. No significant results for quality of life were found. Outcomes on program adherence were reported in six studies. No significant results were found between weight loss and program adherence.Evidence is lacking about the optimal use of technology in weight loss interventions. However, when the optimal combination of technological components is found, technology-based interventions may be a valid tool for weight loss. Furthermore, more outcomes on quality of life and information about the effect of technology-based intervention after bariatric surgery are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Biomedical Technology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Humans
  • Obesity/therapy
  • Overweight/therapy
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Reduction Programs/methods


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