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SlipBuddy: A Mobile Health Intervention to Prevent Overeating
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications
  • Bengisu Tulu, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Carolina Ruiz, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Joshua Allard, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Joseph Acheson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Andrew Busch, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Andrew Roskusku, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Gage Heeringa, Michigan Technological University
  • Victor Jaskula, Skidmore College
  • Jessica Oleski, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Publication Date
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Obesity is one of the top health issues around the globe. Rapid adoption of smartphones presents an opportunity for delivering technology-based interventions that are designed to tackle behaviors that contribute to weight gain. Research shows that the vast majority of weight loss apps in the market place do not go beyond deploying tracking based strategies that are burdensome to the users. In this study, we present a new mobile app and an intervention system called SlipBuddy that puts less burden on users and implements stimulus control strategy to help users lose weight. We describe the SlipBuddy system in detail and present the results of the first phase of a pilot study. Our findings indicate that a mobile app that simply helps users identify and track overeating episodes can potentially result in weight loss.
  • mobile app,
  • mHealth,
  • weight loss,
  • behavioral change,
  • decision trees
DOI of Published Version
Tulu B, Ruiz C, Allard J, Acheson J, Busch A, Roskuski A, Heeringa G, Jaskula V, Oleski J, Pagoto S. Slip Buddy: A mobile health intervention to prevent overeating. Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 2017. doi:10.24251/HICSS.2017.436. Link to article on conference website

Presented at the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
Bengisu Tulu, Carolina Ruiz, Joshua Allard, Joseph Acheson, et al.. "SlipBuddy: A Mobile Health Intervention to Prevent Overeating" (2017)
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