CBT-OB and Digital Technology
Digital technology—the Internet, computers, mobile devices such as smartphones and mobile software applications (apps)—may be effectively implemented to overcome difficulties in disseminating and scaling up cognitive behavioural treatment for obesity (CBT-OB). Two main interrelated general strategies can be used to this end. The first is to exploit digital technology to deliver the treatment, which will increase the availability of CBT-OB, and the second is to employ digital technology for training therapists, which may lower the barrier to treatment dissemination. Available data in patients indicate that Internet-based programmes are effective—even though to a lesser extent than face-to-face interventions—in terms of weight loss and weight-loss maintenance. Moreover, some strategies relying on digital self-monitoring tools of food intake, physical activity and weight seem to improve patients’ adherence to treatment.
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