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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}

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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.


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