Scientists Invent An App That Predicts & Intervenes Your Overeating Habits

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Published: Jan 3, 2018 | Last Updated: Dec 12, 2018


Tons of health and lifestyle apps are available for both Android and iOS devices. You can download an app that motivates you to exercise, count calories, change diet, and everything’s going smoothly for a while.

Most apps for weight management are too limited and barely correct source of one’s problem. Scientists invented an app that promises to help users lose or manage weight successfully. Read all the details below.

What’s Wrong With Current Weight Loss Apps?

According to a report from the International Journal of Obesity[1], about 28,905 weight loss apps are available across all platforms. No doubt, it’s an impressive number but the need for an effective application has never been stronger than it is today.

A vast majority of current weight loss apps focuses on calorie intake, physical exercise, and body weight, as mentioned above. That being said, less than 0.05% of those apps are developed by professionals or at least with professional guidance.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine[2] published a study which discovered that a minority of weight management applications feature behavioral strategies found in evidence-based weight loss interventions.

What’s more, a great deal of these apps featured similar strategies and omitted same approaches. At the same time, those apps usually require the detailed intake of every food you eat and after some time users lose interest and uninstall apps.

Despite the vast selection of weight loss apps, the market still needs a truly effective solution. Ideally, the best weight loss app should be developed with professional input and employ strategies that are included in evidence-based interventions. Good news is that scientists have developed an app that meets those criteria.

Scientifically Developed App For Weight Management

Scientifically Developed App For Weight Management

Professor Carolina Ruiz and a team of researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute developed an app they named SlipBuddy in order to allow millions of smartphone users to use a scientifically developed tool to manage weight or slim down.

Ruiz explains that mobile technology is omnipresent today and it has a tremendous potential to deliver evidence-based weight loss interventions with lower cost and user burden than traditional approaches.

SlipBuddy is developed to gather data related to users’ overeating episodes and to deliver behavioral modifications to help them focus on reducing the frequency of eating too much and too often.

Scientists presented their findings[3] at the Annual Symposium for the American Medical Informatics Association and they also reported results of the experiment that tested the efficacy of SlipBuddy. The experiment involved 16 participants over the age of 18. All participants were overweight and were asked to use the app for one month.

During one-month intervention (use of the app), nine participants lost about five pounds, three maintained their weight at the same level, while four adults gained two pounds on average.

How Does It Help?

Unlike other weight loss apps, SlipBuddy doesn’t involve tracking and logging everything you eat. In many cases, users fail to report something they’ve eaten and they get annoyed by the constant need to load the app and type their food intake.

Users of SlipBuddy will be required to log times when they think they overate or overindulged. Then, the app collects and processes the entered information to identify triggers of unhealthy eating behaviors. These triggers can include hanging out with friends, watching TV, among others. Then, the app suggests some healthy activities and tips or tricks you can use to avoid overeating. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices in 2019.


Scientists developed an app that tracks unhealthy behaviors such as overeating and it helps users correct them. The app doesn’t require counting calories, logging every meal you eat, users are required to log times when they think they overindulged in some meals.

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