mHealth proven support for weight management
Scott Lonnee, a bariatric dietitian at St Georgeâ€™s Hospital, London echoes Kellyâ€™s sentiment, â€œSensible lifestyle changes, which include sustained dietary changes and physical exercise can have significant healthcare benefits. Planning is important, and there are simple techniques to help individuals lose weight, which include, setting realistic and achievable targets, keeping diaries of what you eat and what exercise you take.â€
Research commissioned by Weight Watchers, and recently published in the American Journal of Medicine, suggests that losing weight is significantly easier and more effective when individuals have access to online support, compared to weight loss among those who tried to lose weight on their own.
Pro-active mHealth strategies can help to change the way health professionals interact with patients. Information, guidance and support regularly sent to the mobiles of overweight individuals to help them lose weight and engage in lifestyle changes would save lives, prevent the onset of disease and save NHS England millions of pounds. Why is it not being done?