Designing for peer involvement in weight management

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Proceedings titleConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Conference29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011, 7 May 2011 through 12 May 2011, Vancouver, BC
Pages315324; # of pages: 10
SubjectBehavioral changes; Obesity; Physical activity; Social influence; Social Networks; Social support; Weight; Behavioral research; Human computer interaction; Human engineering; Nutrition; Economic and social effects
AbstractThe problems of obesity and overweight are commonly cited as the motivation behind recent efforts to develop technology that promotes physical activity. Prompted by the social nature of many of the emerging applications, this paper presents our investigation of the sociality of weight management as experienced by a broad demographic of individuals. Our findings highlight the broad scope of peer involvement, and provide insight into the context and mechanics of related interaction that may prove valuable in informing the next generation of peer-based weight management technology for use in everyday life. Copyright 2011 ACM.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
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NPARC number21271641
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