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The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions

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Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 26, 1958 Federiksberg C, Denmark
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Centre for Food and Hospitality Research, Institute Paul Bocuse, BP25, 69131 Ecully, France
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Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia str., 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7488; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207488
Received: 28 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychology of Eating: Understanding of Eating Behaviours)
Diet-related chronic disease is a global health epidemic giving rise to a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. With the rise of the digital revolution, there has been increased interest in using digital technology for eating behavioural change as a mean of diet-related chronic disease prevention. However, evidence on digital dietary behaviour change is relatively scarce. To address this problem, this review considers the digital interventions currently being used in dietary behaviour change studies. A literature search was conducted in databases like PubMed, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Medline, and PsycInfo. Among 119 articles screened, 15 were selected for the study as they met all the inclusion criteria according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) search strategy. Four primary digital intervention methods were noted: use of personal digital assistants, use of the internet as an educational tool, use of video games and use of mobile phone applications. The efficiency of all the interventions increased when coupled with tailored feedback and counselling. It was established that the scalable and sustainable properties of digital interventions have the potential to bring about adequate changes in the eating behaviour of individuals. Further research should concentrate on the appropriate personalisation of the interventions, according to the requirements of the individuals, and proper integration of behaviour change techniques to motivate long-term adherence. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital interventions; behaviour change; eating behaviour; digital health; health promotion digital interventions; behaviour change; eating behaviour; digital health; health promotion
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Chen, Y.; Perez-Cueto, F.J.A.; Giboreau, A.; Mavridis, I.; Hartwell, H. The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207488

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Chen Y, Perez-Cueto FJA, Giboreau A, Mavridis I, Hartwell H. The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207488

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Chen, Yang, Federico J.A. Perez-Cueto, Agnès Giboreau, Ioannis Mavridis, and Heather Hartwell. 2020. "The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 20: 7488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207488

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