Simple text messages can help teenagers lose weight

Texts committing obese teenagers to eat a small bowl of cereal each day or fruit for dessert saw them eight times more likely to keep their weight down.

Losing weight through dieting and exercise is only half the battle, as typically half of it is regained within a year and around 80 per cent of people return to or even exceed their pre-diet size.

But a new study has shown that simple text messages can change teenagers’ behaviour and make them commit to preventing the pounds from piling back on again.


Ivo Vlaev
Professor of Behavioural Science