Novel mobile app provides personalized weight loss solution
Updated: Oct 31, 2021
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson and colleagues at the University of Ghana develop a new tool with a global reach.
or patients across the globe, obesity heightens the risk factors of potentially fatal conditions like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. As the incidence of obesity increases, new digital tools for weight management have become available. But many nutrition and weight tracking apps don’t include foods from a variety of cultures and dietary restrictions. Moreover, access to high-speed internet is not equitable across developed and developing countries. Mobile phones, however, are ubiquitous.
According to a report published by the World Advertising Research Center, it is estimated that three-quarters of users will access the internet solely via smartphone by 2025, representing nearly 3.7 billion people. And in emerging economies where internet infrastructure is not yet robust, mobile phone ownership is growing – broadening access to the internet and to Internet of Things devices.