Personalized Body Weight Management System Using Monitoring Devices and Mathematical Models of Metabolism
Attempts to manage body weight are often unsuccessful or only temporary. This is, in part, due to antiquated dieting methods that attempt to address calorie consumption while ignoring metabolic and physical changes. It is becoming clear that personalized methods to manage body weight must be developed.
Scientists at the NIH have developed new methods for prescribing and monitoring personalized weight management interventions. The system uses validated mathematical models of human metabolism to set weight management goals and predict individual body weight outcomes in the context of changing metabolic needs and calorie consumption. The system uses repeated monitoring of a patient's body weight to assess progress and provide specific feedback to the patient and health care professional. Projected outcomes and body weight goals can be revised over time along with required prescription modifications to meet the body weight goals. The system is integrated into a network of one or more devices that may additionally monitor various physiological parameters, physical activities, food intake, or other behaviors. Such an enhanced personalized weight management program has great promise in the management of obesity.