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Study finds Noom’s diabetes mobile app effective at helping users lose weight

By: Katie Bell

Study results published in the British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care suggest that Noom’s smartphone-based diabetes prevention programme (DPP) delivery platform helped 64 percent of completers lose more than 5 percent of their body weight. Noom noted that “this is the first clinically proven fully mobile DPP,” adding that the “results were comparable to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings from the traditional DPP and far more successful than other virtual DPP providers.”

Andreas Michaelides, Noom’s chief of psychology, remarked that “the research from the mobile DPP found the positive effects of food logging, consistent weight checks and coaching relationships were consistent to the same effects seen from research conducted with an in-person DPP.” Michaelides, who described the mobile platform as a “game changer,” said the app “has comparable results to the CDC’s in-person DPP without the high cost or the difficulty in recruiting.”

The study included 43 overweight or obese adults diagnosed with prediabetes who received a 24-week virtual DPP with human coaching, through the mobile app. Participants regularly logged their meals and tracked their weight, while in-app actions, such as posting messages to their group, were used to promote social support. Continued