Short, tailored text messages are sent to obese adolescents that address five evidence-based weight-related behavioral domains:
Texts include highly tailored messages, targeted messages and reminders.
Aim 1. Develop tailored text messages on five evidence-based weight-related topics, that are sent to the cellular phones of obese adolescents as an adjunct to an intensive multidisciplinary behavioral weight management program.
Aim 2. Develop a computer application to (a) send tailored text messages on a regular schedule to cellular phones and to (b) receive text responses from participants.
Aim 3. To pilot and feasibility test the text messaging intervention developed in Aims # 1 and 2 in 10 obese adolescents enrolled in the University of Michigan Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Program.
Aim 4. Write and submit a NIH career development proposal to conduct a larger trial, ultimately leading to an RO1 application to perform a randomized controlled study of this intervention
Newly enrolled participants in the MPOWER program offered through the Pediatric department (13-17 year old English speakers with a BMI in the 95 percentile or higher)