The potential of virtual reality technologies to improve adherence to weight loss behaviors

Michael J. Coons, Megan Roehrig, Bonnie Spring*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A significant proportion of the global population is obese, foreshadowing an epidemic of chronic disease. Self-monitoring (of diet, exercise, and body weight), decreasing energy intake, and increasing energy expenditure are robust predictors of successful weight loss. However, few individuals consistently practice these behaviors, making long-term weight loss and maintenance unlikely. Technologies afford unique opportunities to overcome barriers and increase the reach of traditional obesity interventions. In this article, we introduce ENGAGED, a technology-enhanced modification of the Diabetes Prevention Program designed to improve adherence to weight loss behaviors. Using a treatment implementation framework, we suggest how virtual reality technologies might further improve the delivery, receipt, and enactment of ENGAGED to maximize patient impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-344
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Adherence
  • Behavior therapy
  • Exercise
  • Obesity
  • Technology
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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