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Telehealth Secure Solution to Provide Childhood Obesity Monitoring

Engineering, Architecture and Design Faculty, Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Ensenada 22860, Baja California, Mexico
Department of Information Systems and Technologies, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Academic Editor: Bijan Najafi
Sensors 2022, 22(3), 1213;
Received: 12 November 2021 / Revised: 25 January 2022 / Accepted: 2 February 2022 / Published: 5 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wearable Sensors for Physical Activity Monitoring and Motion Control)
Childhood obesity causes not only medical and psychosocial problems, it also reduces the life expectancy of the adults that they will become. On a large scale, obese adults adversely affect labor markets and the gross domestic product of countries. Monitoring the growth charts of children helps to maintain their body weight within healthy parameters according to the World Health Organization. Modern technologies allow the use of telehealth to carry out weight control programs and monitoring to verify children’s compliance with the daily recommendations for risk factors that can be promoters of obesity, such as insufficient physical activity and insufficient sleep hours. In this work, we propose a secure remote monitoring and supervision scheme of physical activity and sleep hours for the children based on telehealth, multi-user networks, chaotic encryption, and spread spectrum, which, to our knowledge, is the first attempt to consider this service for safe pediatric telemedicine. In experimental results, we adapted a recent encryption algorithm in the literature for the proposed monitoring scheme using the assessment of childhood obesity as an application case in a multi-user network to securely send and receive fictitious parameters on childhood obesity of five users through the Internet by using just one communication channel. The results show that all the monitored parameters can be transmitted securely, achieving high sensitivity against secret key, enough secret key space, high resistance against noise interference, and 4.99 Mb/sec in computational simulations. The proposed scheme can be used to monitor childhood obesity in secure telehealth application. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; telehealth; multiuser network; spread spectrum; chaos obesity; telehealth; multiuser network; spread spectrum; chaos
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Jiménez-García, E.; Murillo-Escobar, M.Á.; Fontecha-Diezma, J.; López-Gutiérrez, R.M.; Cardoza-Avendaño, L. Telehealth Secure Solution to Provide Childhood Obesity Monitoring. Sensors 2022, 22, 1213.

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Jiménez-García E, Murillo-Escobar MÁ, Fontecha-Diezma J, López-Gutiérrez RM, Cardoza-Avendaño L. Telehealth Secure Solution to Provide Childhood Obesity Monitoring. Sensors. 2022; 22(3):1213.

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Jiménez-García, Elitania, Miguel Á. Murillo-Escobar, Jesús Fontecha-Diezma, Rosa M. López-Gutiérrez, and Liliana Cardoza-Avendaño. 2022. "Telehealth Secure Solution to Provide Childhood Obesity Monitoring" Sensors 22, no. 3: 1213.

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