There is no evidence to suggest that a computerised individually-tailored intervention prevents weight gain in adolescents
- Child Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter, UK
- Correspondence to: Katrina Wyatt
Child Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Veysey Building, Salmon Pool Lane, Exeter EX2 4SG, UK;
Commentary on: Ezendam NP, Brug J, Oenema A. Evaluation of the web-based computer-tailored FATaintPHAT intervention to promote energy balance among adolescents: results from a school cluster randomised trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012;166:248–55.
Implications for practice and research
Little is known about effective interventions to prevent weight gain in adolescents.
Eight 15-min sessions using a computer with individual feedback on behaviours was ineffective in affecting weight status.
Future research should focus on the development of interventions which engage young people sufficiently to affect weight status is needed.
This study sought to determine the effectiveness of a computerised-individually tailored intervention to prevent excessive weight gain in 12–13-year-olds. Data for the prevalence of obesity in the Netherlands from 2009 show that 12.8% of the Dutch boys and 14.8% of the Dutch …