Managing Weight: What Do People with an Intellectual Disability Want from Mobile Technology?

Philomena Smyth, Claire McDowell, J.C. Leslie, Geraldine Leader, MP Donnelly, Elizabeth Simpson, Laura Skelly

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Abstract

Obesity is a significant health challenge. People with Intellectual Disability (ID) are particularly vulnerable to developing obesity. Mobile technology has been developed to support the management of weight and obesity in the form of apps, although not with people with an ID in mind. As a result existing off-the-shelf weight management apps currently available may not be functional in supporting weight reduction within this population. This paper presents the results of consultations with people with ID regarding weight management, comfort with mobile technology and desired characteristics in apps designed for people with ID that target weight management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages273 - 278
Number of pages6
Volume242
Specialist publicationStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • obesity
  • Obesity management
  • Intellectual Disability

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