Diabetes Health In the News Podcast: Wearable Activity Trackers Don’t Help Obese Youth Lose Weight

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While wearable activity trackers are becoming increasingly popular, researchers have determined that they might not actually help obese youth to lose weight. A new study has found that over a two-year period, people who used these wearable trackers lost 5.29 pounds less than a group that used a website to track their progress.

This study involved about 470 Pittsburgh area adults who were overweight to moderately obese. Half of the participants used a website to track their fitness and weight loss progress, while the other half used a wearable activity tracker. After a span of two years, the wearable tracking group lost an average of 7.72 pounds, while the website group lost an average of 13 pounds.

These findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on September 20, 2016.

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