The Internet can be used in many ways these days. Both positively and negatively, but comparatively it has many positives shades. People can become more active physically, lose a little weight, eat better, and reduce the usage of alcohol and tobacco when they are guided by the mobile services or internet programs.
The research ‘224 studies,’ conducted on the healthy adults, were published between 1990-2013. It has evaluated the effects of using mobile phones, Internet, personal sensors or stand-alone computer software tools.
The participants who were involved in the Internet interventions has improved their diets, lost body weight/fat, became more active, reduced the excessive usage of alcohol and tobacco.
American Heat Association stated, “Use of Mobile Devices, Social Media, and Crowdsourcing as Digital Strategies to Improve Emergency Cardiovascular Care.”
According to 23 years of research of Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association, “People are more likely to adopt heart healthy behaviors when guided and encouraged via the Internet, their cell phones or other devices.”
Ashkan Afshin, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., the assistant professor and lead study author said, “Both Internet-based and mobile-based programs can help people become more physically active, eat better and achieve modest weight loss over 3-12 months.”
Afshin also mentioned “Programs that have components such as goal-setting and self-monitoring and use multiple modes of communication with tailored messages tended to be more effective. We also found these programs were more effective if they included some interactions with healthcare providers.
Clinicians, in particular in primary care settings, can use such programs to help people improve their lifestyle behaviors and reduce the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
“Our study highlights several important gaps in current evidence on Internet-and mobile-based interventions. We need to evaluate their long-term value, effectiveness in different populations (such as the elderly and people from developing countries) and how different strategies may increase adherence to the programs,” said Afshin.
Most of the studies lasted less than six months, proving the little information as the available research is limited.