es to weight control. It's important that there are scaleable ways to measure success, although the scale isn't the only measure of success," said Madelyn Fernstrom, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Weight Management Center.
"I think the Internet has to be the way to get this kind of accountability. While past studies have shown that face-to-face is best, people online can do well, too. And, people coming in once a week [for face-to-face counseling] isn't always feasible," said Fernstrom.
"I think there are some good sites already out there," she added. "Maybe health plans or providers need to screen what's already available out there."
Get advice on choosing the right weight loss program for you from the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
SOURCES: Kristine Funk, M.S., R.D., research associate, Kaiser Permanente, Center for Health Research, Portland, Ore.; Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., professor, psychiatry, epidemiology, and surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and founding director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Weight Management Center, Pa.; July 27, 2010, Journal of Medical Internet Research
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