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.
✔ The motivational messages can be individually targeted by each user.
✔ It has useful reminder messages to carry out healthy habit such as 'prepare vegetables'.
✔ The app has some useful tips for overcoming healthy eating barriers such as how to snack of healthy foods.
✘ There are some controversial motivational messages relating to body image, such as ‘imagine getting rid of all the fat in your thighs. It will be worth it!’
✘ It does not have restrictions on weight loss targets or rapid weight loss.
✘ The food database on the apple version is very limited and lacks relevance to NZ population.
Privacy and security
Date of review: June 2015 Platform reviewed: Android App version: 4.3.6 Download size: 14.62 MB
The following references relate to articles about apps for weight loss.
Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015.
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."
Formal MARS Review
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1.Inadequate” to “5.Excellent”. Read more about the MARS scale.
The mean score is the mean of two independent reviewers' ratings:
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc
Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016
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