Effect of an Internet-Based Program on Weight Loss for Low-Income Postpartum Women

Question  Does an internet-based weight loss program promote long-term weight loss in low-income postpartum women in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC program)?

Findings  In this cluster randomized trial including 371 low-income postpartum women, an internet-based program plus the WIC program produced significantly greater weight loss over 12 months compared with the WIC program alone (3.2 kg vs 0.9 kg).

Meaning  Among low-income postpartum women, an internet-based weight loss program plus the WIC program compared with the WIC program alone resulted in significantly greater weight loss over 12 months. Future research is needed to determine cost-effectiveness.

Reference: JAMA. 2017;317(23):2381-2391.

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