Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2012-100772
  • Child health
  • Randomised controlled trial

There is no evidence to suggest that a computerised individually-tailored intervention prevents weight gain in adolescents

  1. Katrina Wyatt
  1. Child Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Katrina Wyatt
    Child Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Veysey Building, Salmon Pool Lane, Exeter EX2 4SG, UK; katrina.wyatt{at}

Commentary on:

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 …

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