Eating disorder apps

Eating disorders can affect women and men of all age groups, from a range of backgrounds and from different cultures. Getting professional help and support from others is important. The following eating disorder apps may be used to support your recovery, together with other treatments recommended by your health professional.

 App  Features  Clinical score
Rise Up + Recover

  • Logging (meals, emotions and behaviours)
  • Reminders
  • Self-monitoring homework
  • Education and information
  • Motivational quotes
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Rise Up + Recover
Recovery Record

  • Logging (meals, emotions, behaviours)
  • Reminders
  • Self-monitoring
  • Education and information
  • Motivational quotes
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Recovery Record
Not recommended: My Fitness Pal
This app is not designed specifically for users with eating disorders (although users have often used this or similar apps to control calorie intake). My Fitness Pal, (or any similar app) that encourages users to set a calorie intake goal and actively records calorie intake is unlikely to be helpful to users in the treatment of eating disorders. May be helpful for users who do not have disordered eating to monitor macronutrient intake if their health requires them to have specific nutrition goals.

References

  1. Fairburn CG, Rothwell ER. Apps and eating disorders: A systematic clinical appraisal. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Nov;48(7):1038-46.
  2. Lindgreen P, Lomborg K, Clausen L. Patient Experiences Using a Self-Monitoring App in Eating Disorder Treatment: Qualitative Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jun 22;6(6):e10253
  3. Juarascio AS, Manasse SM, Goldstein SP, et al. Review of smartphone applications for the treatment of eating disorders. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2015 Jan;23(1):1-11
  4. Loucas CE, Fairburn CG, Whittington C, et al. E-therapy in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Behav Res Ther. 2014 Dec;63:122-31