Many obese patients in a program delivered mostly over the telephone shed a medically significant amount of weight and were able to keep it off for at least two years.
The program, which offers telephone counseling by health coaches with website and physician support, was just as effective as another weight-loss program that involved in-person coaching, a study found.
“In most weight loss studies, there is a lot of emphasis on frequent in-person counseling sessions, but from a logistical perspective, it’s a disaster,” says says study leader Lawrence J. Appel, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
“You could be living in rural South Dakota, and we could deliver this intervention. It removes some of the major logistical barriers.”
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