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Tell Me What to Eat – Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Companion Helping Children and Their Parents to Plan Nutrition Intake

  • Runhua Xu
  • Irena Pletikosa Cvijikj
  • Tobias KowatschEmail author
  • Florian Michahelles
  • Dirk Büchter
  • Björn Brogle
  • Anneco Dintheer
  • Dagmar I’Allemand
  • Wolfgang Maass
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8850)

Abstract

Obesity is a global issue and has a direct impact on the public and private healthcare system. In this paper we describe the design and evaluation of a novel mobile health application that supports obese children and their parents to improve their nutrition intake. First results from quantitative app usage logs, questionnaires and interviews indicate that the mobile health app provides relevant information to attain a balanced nutrition. A discussion of the results and an outline of future work conclude this paper.

Keywords

Children Parents Overweight Obesity Mobile App Healthcare 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Runhua Xu
    • 1
  • Irena Pletikosa Cvijikj
    • 1
  • Tobias Kowatsch
    • 2
    Email author
  • Florian Michahelles
    • 1
  • Dirk Büchter
    • 3
  • Björn Brogle
    • 3
  • Anneco Dintheer
    • 3
  • Dagmar I’Allemand
    • 3
  • Wolfgang Maass
    • 4
  1. 1.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of St.GallenSt.GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Children’s Hospital of Eastern SwitzerlandSt.GallenSwitzerland
  4. 4.Saarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany

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