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Great 'app-eal' but not there yet: a review of iPhone nutrition applications relevant to child weight management

Burrows, Tracy L., Khambalia, Amina Z., Perry, Rebecca, Carty, Danika, Hendrie, Gilly A., Allman-Farinelli, Margaret A., Garnett, Sarah P., McNaughton, Sarah A., Rangan, Anna M., Truby, Helen, Collins, Clare E. and Golley, Rebecca K. 2015, Great 'app-eal' but not there yet: a review of iPhone nutrition applications relevant to child weight management, Nutrition and dietetics, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 363-367, doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12184.

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Title Great 'app-eal' but not there yet: a review of iPhone nutrition applications relevant to child weight management
Author(s) Burrows, Tracy L.
Khambalia, Amina Z.
Perry, Rebecca
Carty, Danika
Hendrie, Gilly A.
Allman-Farinelli, Margaret A.
Garnett, Sarah P.
McNaughton, Sarah A.ORCID iD for McNaughton, Sarah A. orcid.org/0000-0001-5936-9820
Rangan, Anna M.
Truby, Helen
Collins, Clare E.
Golley, Rebecca K.
Journal name Nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 72
Issue number 4
Start page 363
End page 367
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) Apps
Child
Obesity
Summary Aims: There is increasing interest in the use of smartphone applications (apps) for delivering child obesity management interventions and supporting lifestyle behaviour change; however, there has been very little academic research on their development. Our aim is to review nutrition-related apps designed for children currently available in Australia for their usefulness in education or support behavioural interventions for child obesity. Methods: Apps available for download in iTunes Australia between 2 April and 3 June 2013 which were suitable for children >12 years were identified. Key words were chosen to identify apps applicable to children, focusing on nutrition. Results: A total of 27 apps were included. Most apps (24/27) were not based on evidence-informed recommendations. A third of apps were developed in the USA (n = 10; 37%) and were free (67%), nine apps required upfront payment, with a mean cost of $A2.80 (range $A0.99-$A7.49). The most common nutrition features were the promotion of energy balance (n = 12 apps) and guidance on appropriate portion size (n = 15). The most common behaviour change feature was goal setting (n = 15). The five apps that scored most highly against the characteristics reviewed were: Calorie Counter Pro by My Net Diary, Weight Watchers, Swap It Don't Stop It, Control My Weight by CalorieKing and Rate What I Ate-Photo Diet Tracker. Conclusions: Very few apps were identified that could be used in education or support behavioural interventions for child obesity. There is a need to harness this technology and evaluate the applicability and use within childhood obesity research interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12184
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Dietitians Association of Australia
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Document type: Journal Article
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