Noom is grounded in science; it is at the heart of everything we do. We have over 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles that inform users, practitioners, scientists, and the public about how our methods work and how effective they are. Our team of behavioral health experts have PhDs and masters degrees in psychology, integrative medicine, neuroscience, and statistics. We make scientific discoveries about all aspects of behavior change, making the world a healthier place. Our research spans many different areas of health, including oncology, diabetes prevention, hypertension, diabetes management, and more.
Here are some of our most recent peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
In conjunction with local healthcare treatment, Noom reduced body weight by 2.73 kg, decreased fat mass by 2.65 kg, and significantly increased metabolic equivalent of task (MET) after 8 weeks.
Noom plus cognitive behavioral therapy reduced binge eating days and improved remission in adults with binge eating compared to standard care.
This randomized controlled trial showed that Noom’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) resulted in significant weight and BMI reduction at 6 months and 12 months.
Noom’s Healthy Weight and Diabetes Prevention Program both resulted in significant weight loss. Healthy Weight users lost 6.24 kg (5.2% body weight) and DPP users lost 5.66 kg (8.1% body weight) by week 52.
All of our 25+ peer-reviewed scientific articles in one info-packed place. Click on the links below to read summaries and download our growing list of peer-reviewed publications.
|Clinical Efficacy and Plausibility of a Smartphone‐based Integrated Online Real‐time Diabetes Care System via Glucose and Diet Data Management: A Pilot Study||2020||40 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to use Noom or to a control group. Significantly more patients in the Noom group achieved target A1C levels compared to the control group.|
|Understanding Time Series Patterns of Weight and Meal History Reports in Mobile Weight Loss Intervention Programs: Data-Driven Analysis||2020||Time series analysis was used to look at relationships between logging and weight loss. Logging was associated with weight loss for women but not for men.|
|The Effectiveness of a Monetary Reimbursement Model for Weight Reduction via a Smartphone Application – A Preliminary Retrospective Study||2020||In this study, participants were given a monetary reward if they logged their food three times a day. Those who logged three times a day during Noom lost significantly more weight and read more articles and exercised more compared to those who did not log three times a day.|
|Mobile Delivery of the Diabetes Prevention Program in People with Prediabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial||2020||This randomized controlled trial showed that Noom’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) resulted in significant weight and BMI reduction at 6 months and 12 months.|
|Relationship Between Age and Weight Loss in Noom: Quasi-Experimental Study||2020||Noom’s Healthy Weight and Diabetes Prevention Program both resulted in significant weight loss. Healthy Weight users lost 6.24 kg (5.2% body weight) and DPP users lost 5.66 kg (8.1% body weight) by week 52.|
|Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Health Coach-Delivered Smartphone-Guided Self-Help With Standard Care for Adults With Binge Eating||2020||Noom plus cognitive behavioral therapy reduced binge eating days and improved remission in adults with binge eating compared to standard care.|
|Multi-dimensional cognitive behavior therapy for obesity applied by a clinical psychologist using a digital platform: an open-label, randomized controlled trial||2020||Noom with digital cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in significant weight, fat, leptin and insulin resistance, emotional eating, snack calorie intake improvements compared to a control group.|
|Effect of mHealth With Offline Antiobesity Treatment in a Community-Based Weight Management Program: Cross-Sectional Study||2020||In conjunction with local healthcare treatment, Noom reduced body weight by 2.73 kg, decreased fat mass by 2.65 kg, and significantly increased metabolic equivalent of task (MET) after 8 weeks.|
|Enabling Self-management of a Chronic Condition through Patient-centered Coaching: A Case of an mHealth Diabetes Prevention Program for Older Adults||2019||A qualitative study found that coaches trigger reflections on users’ habits, jointly help users determine measurable health goals, facilitate self-evaluations on recent behavior change, and tailor programs to adapt to users’ lifestyle and health status.|
|Changes in Weight and Health-Related Behavior Using Smartphone Applications in Patients With Colorectal Polyps||2019||In this randomized controlled trial, Noom users with colorectal polyps (a precancerous growths in the colon) lost significantly more weight than individuals who did not use Noom. Engaging with the Noom app significantly increased exercise.|
|Effects of Smartphone Coaching Intervention on Dietary Intake for Bariatric Surgery Candidates: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial||2019||Compared to a control condition, only Noom reduced empty calorie consumption, and total kcal and total fat intake showed larger reductions for Noom in pre-bariatric surgery patients.|
|Usefulness of a Novel Mobile Diabetes Prevention Program Delivery Platform With Human Coaching:65-Week Observational Follow-Up||2018||Significant weight loss in pre-diabetic Noom users was sustained to 65 weeks, weight loss ranged from 6.15% to 8.98% of body weight.|
|Complementary Support from Facilitators and Peers for Promoting mHealth Engagement and Weight Loss||2017||Perceived support from groups significantly promoted Noom users’ engagement and weight loss.|
|Efficacy of a mobile hypertension prevention delivery platform with human coaching||2017||A Noom hypertension program significantly improved weight by 3.05 kg, diastolic blood pressure by 5.06 mm Hg, and hypertension category at 24 weeks.|
|Effectiveness of a Smartphone Application for the Management of Metabolic Syndrome Components Focusing on Weight Loss: A Preliminary Study||2017||Metabolic risk factors were improved by 15 weeks, and significant weight loss was sustained at one year.|
|Mobile But Connected: Harnessing the Power of Self-Efficacy and Group Support for Weight Loss Success through mHealth Intervention.||2017||Self-efficacy was positively associated with food logging, which was positively associated with weight loss success. Social support received from the Noom group was related to an increase in food logging and group participation, and group participation was positively associated with weight loss.|
|Adherence as a predictor of weight loss in a commonly used smartphone application||2017||BMI was reduced in Noom users by 2.59 kg/m2. Higher adherence led to higher weight loss.|
|Effects of climatic variables on weight loss: a global analysis||2017||There was a direct and independent impact of meteorological conditions on intentional weight loss efforts on a global scale.|
|Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Smartphone Assisted Versus Traditional Guided Self-Help for Adults with Binge Eating||2017||Noom paired with cognitive behavioral therapy for binge eating significantly reduced bulimic episodes, greater meal and snack adherence, and regular meal adherence compared to traditional guided self-help.|
|Weight loss efficacy of a novel mobile Diabetes Prevention Program delivery platform with human coaching||2016||Pre-diabetic Noom users lost significant amounts of weight at 16 weeks (5.65-6.33%) and 24 weeks (6.58-7.50%).|
|Successful weight reduction and maintenance by using a smartphone application in those with overweight and obesity.||2016||77.9% of over 35,000 participants lost weight while using Noom.|
We are exploring all aspects of behavior change to make the world a healthier place. Here is a sample of what we’re studying and how you can participate.
Relationship with Food
Weight loss interventions can improve eating behaviors, but what about your relationship with food? We will explore in randomized controlled trial if and how Noom creates healthy relationships towards food.
Developing habits and cognitive behavioral therapy (elements of Noom) improve cognitive performance and brain activity in recent studies. In this randomized controlled trial, we will see if and how Noom improves cognitive performance and brain activity.
Long-term Weight Loss
Most people have difficulty maintaining weight loss long-term. We are running a randomized controlled trial (the most rigorous study design) to evaluate long-term weight loss and other outcomes (e.g., quality of life) using Noom.
Quality of Life Using Devices
Most measurement of quality of life (things like stress, sleep, heart rate) is by surveys, which might not be accurate. We are going to run a randomized controlled trial to examine quality of life in Noom users as measured objectively by a device.
The latest insights.
The latest data and science on how behavior change can improve health, brought to you by Noom’s research scientists.
When we’re not working on scientific publications, we explore interesting data trends and learn fun insights from our users. Want to know how food consumption changed around the latest holiday, or the trending new snacks this year? Check back often for our latest analyses.
Can sense of smell impact health and weight?
Cell Metabolism, 2017
A recent study showed that mice who have lost their sense of smell had faster metabolism, better fat-burning and lower obesity than mice with normal noses.
What’s going on? Olfactory neurons signal to fat tissue and promote fat build up
What does this mean? This study was in mice, too early to say whether you should start holding your nose while eating lunch. However, it does suggest that smell isn’t just about enjoying your meal, it can also trigger your body to build up fat stores.
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