Impact of mobile apps to combat obesity in children and adolescents: A systematic literature review

Susan B. Quelly, Anne E Norris, Jessica L. Dipietro

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Abstract

Purpose: This review examines the impact of mobile app technology on obesity-related anthropometric, psychosocial, and behavioral outcomes in children and adolescents. Conclusions: Nine research articles retrieved from a systematic review of the literature met criteria. Evidence is limited and mixed, but argues for an impact of mobile app use on motivation and goal-setting behavior, and supports further study of the impact on childhood obesity-related outcomes such as attitudes, perceptions, physical activity, and dietary habits. Practice Implications: Nurses can use this evidence to discuss potential benefits of health promotion mobile apps with parents, children, and adolescents to combat childhood obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • Mobile application
  • Mobile technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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