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Results of Two New Clinical Studies Show Promise of Emerging Mobile Health Technology to Combat Obesity Epidemic
Date:11/9/2010

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As obesity rates and the cost of healthcare continue to be on the rise, the 2010 mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. is bringing together industry thought leaders, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the opportunities to address pressing public health issues utilizing mobile health technology.  

BodyMedia Inc., the pioneer in developing wearable body monitoring systems, recently announced the findings from two clinical studies that yielded promising results showcasing body monitoring devices' integral role in the current public health dialogue.  

The first study, published this month in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, revealed results from one of the first studies to validate the accuracy of the BodyMedia Armband technology in real-world conditions.  The study, conducted by Dr. Greg Welk, of Iowa State University and researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, showed that BodyMedia Armband monitors were more than 90% accurate in measuring calorie expenditure in adults compared to doubly-labeled water over the course of 14 days. The promising results reinforce that BodyMedia provides a solution to the need for accurate devices to measure daily energy expenditure in a real-world setting.

On top of the finding that BodyMedia's products are accurate and suitable for real-world situations, the 9 month results from a study conducted by Dr. Steven Blair of the Arnold School of Public Health at USC were presented at the Convergence & Society Meeting at University of South Carolina and showed the success of adding the BodyMedia Armband technology to promote weight loss in overweight and obese adults.

The nine month clinical study by Blair which included 197 participants showed that combining a lifestyle intervention program and a body monitoring device tripled their weight loss.  Participants in the study who were attendin
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