Evaluating the Childhood Obesity Apps in the Google Play Store
The objective of the study was to assess the features of childhood obesity apps available in the Google play store. We examined the inclusion of scientific evidence- based strategies in the apps for the management of childhood obesity. To achieve this, a search was conducted for childhood obesity apps in the Google play store in February 2021. A total of 250 apps were retrieved. After applying inclusion, exclusion criteria, and removing the duplicate apps, the final 66 apps were identified and analyzed for the present study.
Objective: The objective of the study is to assess the features of childhood obesity apps available in google play store, and to perform a comprehensive evaluation regarding the inclusion of scientific evidence-based strategies and WHO recommendations to help manage childhood obesity.
Mobile health apps should be developed considering evidence-based strategies and designated recommendations along with components of privacy and data safety. A web-based platform should be developed to help users in tailored and informed decision making.
FHTS, New Delhi and St Anns, Hyderabad