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Title: Translating social comparison elements into a mobile solution to support weight loss. Contemporary Consumer Health Informatics
Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Editors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Troshani, Indrit
Tan, Joseph
Other Authors: Kouliev, Farruch
Durst, Caroline
Keywords: Weight Loss
Social Comparison Theory
Mobile App
Smart Phone
Mobile Solution
Social Comparison Motives
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Abstract: Overweight and obesity have become a severe medical and financial societal challenge. Besides an unbalanced caloric intake and expenditure, individual behaviors and lifestyle choices shaped by the social environment are driving, if not significantly impacting the global obesity epidemic. This research in progress paper is focused on social comparison theory and presents the design of the mobile application CarepariZn that implements elements of this theory in order to support weight loss. In the application, users can compare themselves with other users similar in weight, experience, and sport motives. The ranking system includes social comparison motives such as self-enhancement, self-assessment, self-verification, and self-improvement, and provides upward and downward comparison possibilities. This app will be tested in a field experiment and the collected data will be analyzed in order to find out if social comparison affects health-related behavior and, if so, in what way(s).
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25973-4_13
ISBN: 9783319259734
Type: Chapter
Affiliated Organisations: Health Informatics
RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics

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