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Cellphones as weight-loss aid to be studied

January 9, 2012 |  4:53 pm

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Can cellphones help you lose weight? Doctors at UC San Diego are hoping to find out.

They are recruiting San Diego County residents for a study that will use text and photo messages to remind participants to make healthy choices. Certain participants will also receive personalized messages on how to change their lifestyles and lose weight.

"People won't stick to something that's too difficult, and they're all multitasking anyway," UC San Diego medical school professor Kevin Patrick said in a statement. "We're doing this study to increase what we know about using the cellphone to get messages to busy people on the go."

Participants must live in San Diego County, be between 21 and 60 years old, be overweight or moderately obese and have a cellphone that can receive and send text messages and pictures. To learn more about the study, send an email to contxtcoach@ucsd.edu.

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Photo: Whether cellphones can be used to aid weight loss will be studied. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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