What is obesity and what does it mean?
Recode, a media company that owns and operates The Verge and The Verge Live, will soon launch a new app, dubbed “Obesity,” that allows users to report their own weight in three- to five-minute increments.
The app’s goal is to make the process of reporting overweight or obese people easier for people with mental health issues and chronic pain, who may feel more comfortable reporting their weight to the app.
Recode said the app will not track your weight, but it will be used to help identify and address the behaviors that lead to weight gain.
The company says the app was built with the help of more than 500 mental health professionals and other experts, and will soon be available on both iOS and Android devices.
Recode CEO Reid Hoffman said that while the app won’t provide anyone with a personal weight loss plan, the app can help people learn about their own body image issues and identify the behaviors they need to change.
Recoding for Health, the company behind the new app that is built around the new obesity reporting tool, will have access to the same analytics that will help it better understand what types of behaviors lead to people reporting unhealthy or overweight weight, Hoffman said.
The company said it plans to integrate the data collected with its own app in the coming months.
Hoffman also said the new report will offer insight into people’s personal experiences and offer recommendations for prevention and treatment.
Recoded is already using the new tool to identify people who have had mental health problems, as well as people who are obese and who may not be able to self-report their weight.
The goal is not to make anyone fat, but to help them recognize when they might be struggling with an issue, he said.
Holloway also said that he is optimistic that the app’s data-driven reporting will make it easier for more people to talk to their doctor about weight-related issues.
Recodes research has shown that about 80 percent of people have been treated for depression or anxiety before they’ve experienced a weight-loss disorder.
For some, a mental health diagnosis may be more of a sign of their underlying mental health issue, and more research is needed to understand the prevalence of weight disorders in the U.S., Hoffman said in a statement.
Hoffer said the company has plans to expand the reporting tool into more health-related fields.
He said the service will be rolled out to a number of medical, dental and mental health providers, and it is also possible that the service could be used by employers.