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A significant subset of individuals with obesity have comorbid binge eating; yet, no behavioral treatment produces substantial improvements in both outcomes, and current treatment approaches cannot reach all people in need. We are designing FoodSteps, a mobile intervention for obesity and binge eating that has potential for scale and more precisely matches this subgroup’s needs. We are applying using user-centered design methods to design the intervention to address the needs of its users. Then, we are evaluating the intervention in a randomized trial. Results will inform the design of an optimized intervention that includes only the “active ingredients” that successfully improve outcomes. Taken together, this work aims to achieve the ultimate goal of establishing a scalable intervention that improves the precision of care for weight management and binge eating.

The PI is Andrea Graham, PhD.

Project Name

  • Testing Intervention Strategies for Addressing Obesity & Binge Eating


  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01 DK116925)


  • Graham AK, Wildes JE, Reddy M, Munson SA, Barr Taylor C, Mohr DC. User-centered design for technology-enabled services for eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Oct;52(10):1095-1107. doi: 10.1002/eat.23130. PMCID: PMC7265747.
  • Weinheimer EA, Chang A, Neubert SW, Wildes JE, Graham AK. Past, current, and future willingness to engage with treatment targets: Applying user-centered design to inform the design of a mobile behavioral intervention. Int J Eat Disord. 2020 Apr;53(4):611-617. doi: 10.1002/eat.23252. PMCID: PMC7271441.

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