Evaluation of WhatsApp-based counselling and body composition measurement to enrich knowledge about healthy diet and weight management among middle-aged female Hong Kong Chinese: A randomized controlled trial

Meijuan Lin, Lin Yang, Chun Hao, Yao Jie Xie

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Abstract

Background: Healthy diet and weight management are important to personal lifestyle. However, many people are not aware of it due to poor understanding of the relevant knowledge. We aimed to examine the effectiveness of an integrated counselling and body composition assessment intervention on enhancing health knowledge among middle-aged female Hong Kong Chinese.

Method: The prospective two-arm randomized controlled trial was conducted among total of 173 female Hong Kong Chinese aged 45-65 years. They were randomly assigned to intervention group (n=82) or control group (n=91), assessed at baseline and at the end of the 6th month. Participants assigned to intervention group received body composition measurement using the InBody 270 device at baseline, along with an immediate consultation (5-10 minutes) based on their measurements. During 6-month intervention period, they were also provided with weekly personalized health education and counselling (15 minutes) from a dietitian through WhatsApp. People in control group received the body composition measurement and brief counselling after measurement only. The changes in knowledge related to healthy diet and weight management were evaluated at the end of the 6th month by a self-designed 15-item questionnaire.

Result: Overall knowledge score was increased among 40.3% participants in the intervention group and 21.9% in the control group after 6-month intervention, respectively. Compared with baseline, the score significantly increased from XX (SD: XX) to XX (SD: XX) in intervention group (P
Conclusion: A 6-month WhatsApp-based tailored health counselling and body composition assessment program had moderate effect in improving healthy eating and weight management knowledge for middle-aged female Hong Kong Chinese.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
EventInternational Congress on Obesity 2022 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 18 Oct 202222 Oct 2022
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Conference

ConferenceInternational Congress on Obesity 2022
Abbreviated titleICO
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period18/10/2222/10/22
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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