An app for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obsessive eating disorder, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating disorder.
What does the app do?
This app is designed for people dealing with eating disorders. It allows users to record their meals, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Users can set customised goals and track their progress towards achieving these. It provides ‘rewards’ for goals achieved. Users also have the option to share their information with their treatment providers. Clinicians can download a matching app.
For the complete app description, go to the app website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Supports users autonomy around establishing regular eating patterns.
✔ Designed specifically for eating disorder recovery. Focuses on regular eating patterns rather than recording information around calorie intake and weight.
✔ Clinicians can correspond directly to users via the app, enabling them to provide reassurance and validation.
✔ Enables users to record the most information about a meal, food eaten, thoughts, emotions, time, hunger fullness, disordered behaviours and symptoms and environment.
✔ Allows users to set goals related to food ahead of time.
✘ Check that your health professional feels comfortable receiving your eating data in real time.
✘ For clinicians to receive data from a user they need to have and create their own recovery record account using the specific clinicians recovery app.
✘ Clinicians are required to pay a fee to enable collection of data from their users.
✘ The app is created with a North American user group focus. The find support function is not applicable to New Zealand users.
Privacy and security
Date of review: August 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Updated on: August 2018
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
Recovery Record myhealthapps.net
- 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).
- Fairburn CG, Rothwell ER. Apps and eating disorders: A systematic clinical appraisal. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Nov;48(7):1038-46.
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Reviewers: Ashleigh Jackson (Specialist eating disorder dietitian); Sylvia Pyatt (Specialist eating disorder dietitian)
Date of review: August 2018
Comments: This is a well-established app that is specifically created for users who are recovering from an eating disorder. It is most useful for people who are wanting to restore to regular eating patterns while they are recovering/in recovery from an eating disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and EDNOS).
Note: This app is not suitable to be used as a primary treatment for an eating disorder, rather to use adjunct eating disorder treatment with registered health professionals. Users may also gain a further understanding of their eating patterns and thoughts and feelings.
The app is useful because it allows users to see graphical representation of food intake, and eating disorder behaviours over time.
Safety concerns: Clinicians can see in real time their clients eating which could breach their confidentiality. Clinicians would need to have clear set boundaries with their clients around data recorded and frequency of checking in.
New Zealand relevance: The app is created with a North American user group focus. The find support function is not applicable to New Zealand users.