The app allows the user to set a goal weight and track your progress, using a visual weight tracker. It uses inspiring tips, quotes, reminders and rewards to keep you motivated. The reward system is that virtual fashion items can be earned by completing healthy habit challenges, which can be used to dress a virtual avatar.
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Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Clinical score: ★★☆☆☆ Review: "This app may be useful for a limited subgroup of the population - young, tech-savvy females who are trying to improve lifestyle habits. unfortunately this group may be particularly susceptible to negative effects from a selection of the healthy eating tips. Safety concerns: Potential for some of the motivational messages to negatively impact body image. Lack of restrictions to limit weight loss targets could potentially be detrimental." New Zealand relevance: ★★☆☆☆ Comment: "The very limited food database renders the calorie tracking feature of this app (Apple only) virtually meaningless in NZ."
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Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not very secure as it does not require login for use. It also does not offer user the chance to set up password/pin protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 25 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows numerous options for customisation
Data sharing: Yes, various options are available such as DropBox, Google drive, Facebook, Twitter, MMS and email services
Multiple device syncing: No
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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