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The use of commitment techniques to support weight loss maintenance in obese adolescents.

Publication available at: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/80312/
Title: The use of commitment techniques to support weight loss maintenance in obese adolescents.
Authors: Kulendran, M
Vlaev, I
King, D
Schmidtke, KA
Curtis, C
Darzi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Obesity is a rising problem in adolescents related to unhealthy behaviours. Commitment devises are one type of behavioural intervention that may help people change their behaviours. The current pilot trial tests whether commitment devices delivered via text message help adolescents maintain their recent weight loss. METHODS: During a 12-week pilot trial adolescents who attended a weight loss camp were randomly assigned to either received text messages that contained only information, i.e., advice, about weight loss management (n=13) or asked for them to commit to following the same advise (n=14). RESULTS: The BMI of the adolescents in the commitment group did not change. In contrast, the BMI of adolescents in the information group increased. A linear regression revealed that group was a significant predictor of BMI change. A logistic regression revealed that adolescents in the information group were nearly eight times more likely to regain weight than those in the commitment group. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study with adolescents to show weight maintenance using a commitment device. The results suggest that commitment devices can help adolescents maintain their recent weight loss.
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2016
Date of Acceptance: 26-May-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/38502
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2016.1204452
ISSN: 1476-8321
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Start Page: 1332
End Page: 1341
Journal / Book Title: Psychology & Health
Volume: 31
Issue: 11
Keywords: Nudge
adolescents
commitment device
weight maintenance
nudge
Clinical Psychology
1701 Psychology
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/80312/
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Faculty of Medicine



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