Wireless Scales in Weight Loss Research

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Using a Wireless Scale in your Weight Loss Research

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In obesity prevention research, success and failure are measured by the weight of the study participants in weekly visits. In the past, that meant travel considerations and scheduling hassles. Thanks to modern technology, clinicians can provide a study participant with a wireless scale, that they can use in the privacy of their own home, developing healthy monitoring habits on their own time.

Starting in 2015, The Healthy Weigh Study at Penn used a web-based platform to enroll, communicate with, and track participant weight change. Wireless scales were used by participants in the three treatment groups to digitally transmit daily/weekly weights.

The web-based platform used in our study was the Way to Health platform, software developed at Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

We asked participants to do the following:

  • Daily weigh-ins on a wireless home scale
  • Use of environmental tips at home and/or at work
  • Follow-up visits

What you need:

  • Withings Scale, comes with a Withings account
  • Computer, tablet or mobile phone
  • Health Mate app or similar app on a mobile device
  • Technical support team available to the study participants

We provided step-by-step instructions and technical support to all of the participants of the study. To see the instructions that we created in 2015 click here.

Download the toolkit for an overview of the wireless scale set up.

Throughout the study, participants received tips to encourage healthy behaviors at home and in the workplace. To view the tips that encourage weight loss and weight loss maintenance, click here.