Obesity is a large contributor to preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs. The efficacy of wearable devices for weight management has been researched, however, there is limited knowledge on how these devices are perceived by users.
Obesity is an increasing but preventable chronic health problem affecting over half of the world’s adult population costing the United States an estimated $147 – $210 billion per year. Obesity is a complex issue involving various interacting factors including a person’s upbringing, lifestyle, environment, and genetics. Numerous strategies for losing weight have been developed over the past decades that mainly focus on reducing calorie intake and increasing energy expenditure.
Ownership of smartphones has increased among every demographic group including low-income populations, accompanied by a rapidly growing wearable sector. There are many technologies available that can facilitate the delivery of weight management interventions, for example, wearable devices and smartphone apps.
Studies have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of wearables or mobile apps to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior. However, few have investigated their efficacy in achieving desired health outcomes. Even fewer have investigated how these devices are perceived by users.
SourceHu, R., Van Velthoven, M., Brindley, D., & Meinert, E. (2020). Perspectives of people who are overweight and obese on using wearable technology for weight management: systematic review. JMIR MHealth and UHealth, 8(1), Article: e12651. https://mhealth.jmir.org/2020/1/e12651/
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