Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 99–111 | Cite as

Technology-based interventions for weight management: current randomized controlled trial evidence and future directions

  • Andrea T. Kozak
  • Joanna Buscemi
  • Misty A. W. Hawkins
  • Monica L. Wang
  • Jessica Y. Breland
  • Kathryn M. Ross
  • Anupama Kommu


Obesity is a prevalent health care issue associated with disability, premature morality, and high costs. Behavioral weight management interventions lead to clinically significant weight losses in overweight and obese individuals; however, many individuals are not able to participate in these face-to-face treatments due to limited access, cost, and/or time constraints. Technological advances such as widespread access to the Internet, increased use of smartphones, and newer behavioral self-monitoring tools have resulted in the development of a variety of eHealth weight management programs. In the present paper, a summary of the most current literature is provided along with potential solutions to methodological challenges (e.g., high attrition, minimal participant racial/ethnic diversity, heterogeneity of technology delivery modes). Dissemination and policy implications will be highlighted as future directions for the field of eHealth weight management.


Technology-based weight management eHealth Review Recommendations Dissemination Randomized controlled trials 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Andrea T. Kozak, Joanna Buscemi, Misty A.W. Hawkins, Monica L. Wang, Jessica Y. Breland, Kathryn M. Ross, and Anupama Kommu declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights and Informed consent

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea T. Kozak
    • 1
  • Joanna Buscemi
    • 2
  • Misty A. W. Hawkins
    • 3
  • Monica L. Wang
    • 4
  • Jessica Y. Breland
    • 5
    • 6
  • Kathryn M. Ross
    • 7
  • Anupama Kommu
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
  4. 4.Department of Community Health SciencesBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  5. 5.Center for Innovation to ImplementationVA Palo Alto Health Care SystemMenlo ParkUSA
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  7. 7.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  8. 8.Mind Body Connection, Inc.ManassasUSA

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