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Evidence-based ICT tools for weight loss maintenance

Objective

Most adults who try to lose weight fail to maintain it. Obesity is a key economic and healthcare challenge for Europe. Effective interventions and commercial programmes for weight loss are widely available, but most people re-gain their lost weight. Currently few comprehensive solutions exist to help Europeans manage weight loss maintenance (WLM).
Current research suggests the most promising evidence-based behaviour change techniques for WLM are self-monitoring, goal setting, action control, building self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation. Recent research also suggests that stress management and emotion regulation skills are key enablers of relapse prevention and weight-regain.

Information technology offers attractive tools for teaching and supporting these techniques, some of which are currently delivered through resource-intensive face-to-face therapies. ICT-delivery includes networked-wireless tracking technologies, weighing-scales and activity sensors, online tools and smart-phone apps, multi-media resources and internet-based support. A broad choice of tools is most likely to be acceptable to users, who can pick and choose their own preferred technologies.
The NoHoW project tests whether ICT-based delivery of the most promising evidence-based behavior change techniques is effective for WLM. We will carry out a large-scale international 3-centre trial of information technology tools that implement the most up-to-date behavioural science research. This trial will establish the effectiveness of these ICT tools in supporting WLM, linked to studies of European consumer needs and behaviour.

Impact: The project will directly feed results into development of new products and services from the UK’s largest commercial weight-loss provider, Slimming World providing immediate benefit to 500,000+ consumers. Commercialisation of project results will provide much needed WLM services that promote health education and long-term weight management programmes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

REGION HOVEDSTADEN
Address
Kongens Vaenge 2
3400 Hillerod
Denmark
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 327 251,82

Participants (13)

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 481,25
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
European Association for the Study of Obesity
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 183 750
Address
High Street 113-119
TW12 1NJ Hampton Hill
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 88 770,21
Address
Alameda Da Universidade
1649 004 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MILES-BRAMWELL EXECUTIVE SERVICES LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Clover Nook Road Clover Nook Industrial Estate
DE55 4RF Alfreton Derbyshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 371 499,50
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 426 762,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 212 162,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 38 750
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AXIVITY LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 693,43
Address
4 Southlands Road
YO23 1NP York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 95 709,75
Address
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PINTAIL LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Springhill Avenue 77
A94 K542 Blackrock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FACULDADE DE MOTRICIDADE HUMANA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 534 241,45
Address
Estrada Da Costa
1495-688 Cruz Quebrada Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 160 264,59
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments