Yesterday, Childhood Obesity News introduced Ellen Burne, a bariatric surgery patient who indicated that a program like Dr. Pretlow’s W8Loss2Go iPhone application would have been a good thing for her younger self to have access to. (In the picture on our page today, Ms. Burne is holding a scale.) The awareness of this app came into her life because of the current study of W8Loss2Go, described as:
[...] the first of its kind to test the effectiveness of the app in motivating and supporting youths in a tertiary bariatric setting to make dramatic changes to their eating habits.
“Tertiary bariatric setting” is childhood obesity lingo for a medical center program, for instance one administered by a university, such as Flinders Medical Centre, which is connected with Flinders University, where Ms. Burne also has ties.
On the far left is another important team member, dietitian Kate Pettigrew, and on the far right is Dr. Leigh Roeger, research manager for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Adelaide, Australia. Other key researchers are involved with the 18-week study that is now underway, and we will directly quote Southern Health News reporter Sarah Garvis, with thanks:
FMC’s Head of Paediatrics and Child Health Dr Brian Coppin, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Sanjeev Khurana, CAMHS Clinical Director Associate Professor Stephen Allison, Southern Mental Health Associate Professor Tarun Bastiampillai and Flinders University Faculty of Health Professor Richard Reed
For all the details of the W8Loss2Go study, please see the article in Southern Health News, titled “Mobile App Boosts Weight Loss.