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Goal language is associated with attrition and weight loss on a digital program: Observational study

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Exploring associations between written language and behavioral weight loss program outcomes could potentially inform future efforts towards real-time automated identification of moments or individuals at high risk of suboptimal outcomes. Thus, in the first study of its kind, the researchers explored whether individuals’ written language in actual use of a program (i.e., outside of a controlled trial) is associated with attrition and weight loss. The results highlight the potential importance of distanced and immediate language in understanding outcomes like attrition and weight loss. These results, generated from real-world language, attrition, and weight loss (i.e., from individuals’ natural usage of the program), have important implications for how future work can better understand outcomes, especially in real-world settings.

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Ho AS, Behr H, Mitchell ES, Yang Q, Lee J, May CN, et al. (2022) Goal language is associated with attrition and weight loss on a digital program: Observational study. PLOS Digit Health 1(6): e0000050.

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