Effectiveness of telenutrition in a women’s weight loss program

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Title: Effectiveness of telenutrition in a women’s weight loss program
Authors: Kuzmar, Isaac | Cortés Castell, Ernesto | Rizo-Baeza, Mercedes
Research Group/s: Salud y Cuidados en Grupos Vulnerables (SACU) | Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Telenutrition | e-health | Obesity | Overweight
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: 3-Feb-2015
Publisher: PeerJ Inc.
Citation: Kuzmar IE, Cortés-Castell E, Rizo M. (2015) Effectiveness of telenutrition in a women’s weight loss program. PeerJ 3:e748 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.748
Abstract: Objective. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of telenutrition versus traditional nutritional consultations for female obese patients in need of nutritional treatment. Methods. A comparative clinical study was conducted among 233 obese or overweight women (including 20 who dropped out and 60 who failed) who consulted a nutrition clinic in Barranquilla (Colombia) for nutritional assessment and chose either telenutrition or a traditional consultation that included a weekly follow-up consultation over 16 weeks, food consumption patterns, Body Mass Index (BMI, kg/m2) registeration and waist and hip circumference registeration. Treatment responses and differences between telenutrition and the traditional consultations were made according to BMI, waist, hip and initial-waist/height ratio (iWaist), calculating for the relative risk. Results. In 68 (29.2%) women who chose traditional attention, 9 (37.5%) dropped out, 24 (40%) failed and 35 (23.5%) were successful, showing 1.4% (1.0 SD) BMI loss, 5.8% (3.4 SD) in waist circumference, 4.5% (2.8 SD) in hip circumference and 0.04% (0.02 SD) in iWaist/height ratio. In 165 (70.8%) women who chose telenutrition, 15 (62.5%) dropped out, 36 (60%) failed and 114 (76.5%) were successful, showing 1.1% (1.0 SD) BMI loss, 5.0% (3.2 SD) in waist circumference, 3.5% (3.1 SD) in hip circumference and 0.03% (0.02 SD) in iWaist/height ratio. A significance level of p < 0.05 is considered. Conclusion. Telenutrition has a failure or dropout risk factor of about half of the value of traditional consultation, and showed slight, statistically significant differences. This study concludes that telenutrition can support or sometimes replace traditional consultations when developing weight loss programs for obese women.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/44648
ISSN: 2167-8359
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.748
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Copyright 2015 Kuzmar et al. Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.748
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