An App to Stop Cheating On a Diet

More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. But most of those who are trying to lose weight are probably failing, given the bleak data on people who manage to keep off excess weight.

One of the many aids developed to help are weight loss apps for smartphones. Their usefulness is mixed, but the hunt is on to find more effective tools.

Drexel University psychology professor Evan M. Forman, co-director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change, and his team are working on two new apps that they hope will make the weight loss quest easier. One helps users figure out the specific triggers that lead to diet disaster; the other is aimed at retraining how the brain responds to specific foods. Both are being tested, and local volunteers are needed for the effort.

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