The application of validating and dialectical coaching strategies in a personalised virtual coach for obese emotional eaters: rationale for a personalised coaching system

Aranka Dol, Christina Bode, Hugo Velthuijsen, Tatjan van Strien, Lisette van Gemert

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There is a growing number of eHealth interventions
aiming at enhancing lifestyle to address obesity. However, the
existing interventions do not take the emotional aspects of
obesity into account. Forty percent of the overweight population
is an emotional eater. Emotional eaters gain weight because of
poor emotion regulation, not just due to bad eating habits. We
aim at developing a personalised virtual coach ‘Denk je zèlf!’
providing support for self-regulation of emotions for obese
emotional eaters. This paper presents a research study protocol
on validating persuasive coaching strategies in emotion
regulation, based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, ultimately
targeting behaviour change. Our goal is to design a personalised
eCoaching framework, allowing us to optimally translate
successful behaviour change mechanisms and techniques, such
as dialectical strategies, into personalised persuasive coaching
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-144
JournalInternational journal on advances in life sciences
Issue number3 & 4
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • persuasive technology
  • obesity
  • coaching
  • behavioral therapy

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