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Acceptability of technology-based physical activity intervention profiles and their motivational factors in obesity care: a latent profile transition analysis



This study aimed to: (a) identify the acceptability profiles for three technology-based physical activity interventions (TbPAI) in obesity treatment (active video games, mobile applications, telehealth), (b) examine the issues of consistency or change in these profiles for the same individual across technologies, and (c) determine whether acceptability profiles are related to motivational factors.


Three hundred and twelve women (Mage = 30.7, SD = 7.1 years; MBMI = 34.5, SD = 7.8 kg/m²) using obesity services were recruited for this cross-sectional survey. They completed an online survey including sociodemographic data and measures related to physical activity: level, stage of change, motivation, and general causality orientations. The women read descriptions of the three technologies and rated their acceptability. We used a latent profile transition analysis (LPTA) approach.


A 2-class model (high and low acceptability) best described the profiles for each technology. Intra-individual analysis revealed that the profiles exhibited both changes and stability across TbPAI. Women with high scores on impersonal orientation were more likely to be in the high acceptability telehealth profile, whereas those reporting high scores on control orientation were more likely to be in the high acceptability active video games profile. Women with high scores on control orientation and low scores on impersonal orientation were more likely to be in the high acceptability mobile applications profile.


Results showed that the causality orientations were factors related to the TbPAI acceptability profiles, suggesting that clinicians should consider these psychological characteristics in TbPAI counseling.

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Participants of this study did not agree to have their data shared publicly. Moreover, as the datasets contained health information, they are protected by the French laws. The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author, MH, upon reasonable request.


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MH was supported by a Ph.D. grant from the Région Sud Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, France, and co-supported by the association “Azur Sport Santé”. This work was supported by the French government and managed by the “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” as part of the UCAJEDI Future Investments project, reference number ANR-15-IDEX-01. The authors express their sincere gratitude to all the volunteers who participated in this study. We sincerely thank Professor Jean-Louis Sadoul for his contributions to the study conception and to Valentine Filleul and Raphaëlle Ladune for their valuable assistance in the data collection. We also express our gratitude to the following for their aid in contacting the volunteers: the Specialized Center for Obesity of East Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur and the Nice University Hospital Center; the Specialized Center for Obesity of West Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur and the Marseille University Hospital Center; the Nutrition Center of Pegomas; the Cérès Nutrition Center of Nice; the Antibes Hospital Center; Dr. Corinne Godenir, nutrition physician in Valbonne; the Val Prévert Nutrition Center in Mimet; the Korian les Palmiers Nutrition Center in Ceyreste; the Physical Activity in Obesity Group of Fettle Studio in Nice; the Physical Activity in Obesity Association (APAO-P) in Le Pradet; Les Oiseaux Nutrition Center in Sanary-sur-Mer; Marie-Christine Sabinen, dietitian in Saint Laurent du Var; and Dr. Catherine Sosset, endocrinologist in Grasse.

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Hayotte, M., Martinent, G., Nègre, V. et al. Acceptability of technology-based physical activity intervention profiles and their motivational factors in obesity care: a latent profile transition analysis. Int J Obes 45, 1488–1498 (2021).

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