Obesity is a global health concern, with more than 39% of the population being classified as overweight (Sharpe et al., 2017). Unfortunately, the majority of conventional weight loss programs seem to be ineffective as one-third of patients regain weight in the same year of intervention.
Nevertheless, with the rapid advancements in digital health, e-interventions prove to be sufficient tools in healthcare. Weight loss apps, in particular, are becoming more and more beneficial to:
- Help patients lose weight and sustain a healthy diet and lifestyle in the long-term.
- Increase patients’ motivation, physical activity, and emotional well-being.
- Reduce the risk of fatal health outcomes (e.g., type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and stroke).
- Decrease delays and costs associated with conventional weight loss programs.