Possibilities of apps in the field of nutrition

Possibilities of apps in the field of nutrition


In the development of new technologies, applications for smartphones (Apps) are becoming more relevant. Their ease of use, their ubiquity and the possibilities of access and personal data control, together with the possibilities of interaction they offer are very important aspects that must be considered and aligned with the new health strategies, which seek to empower the patient by involving them in the care of your health. Of the various Health Apps, those linked to the category of nutrition and physical activity are the most abundant and, among them, those related to weight control are among the most demanded. Despite this, it is still necessary to provide scientific evidence on what the characteristics and functions of these applications should be, to ensure their reliability and effectiveness for weight loss. What do professionals and users think about it? What does the evidence tell us so far?.


Full name: Alicia Aguilar Martínez
Filiation: FoodLab group. Oberta University

Full name: Francesc Saigi Rubió
Filiation: Director of the Master’s program in Telemedicine.


Alicia Aguilar Martínez PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona and master’s degree in Nutrition and Human Dietetics from the University of Cádiz. He has combined academic and scientific activity with the professional in the field of food business for ten years. Professor of Health Sciences Studies of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and academic director of the University Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Health. His research activity is related to the study of dietary habits, nutritional education and the possibilities of the application of information and communication technologies to the promotion of health. He is a member of the advisory and executive committee of the UNESCO Chair of Food, Culture and Development.

Francesc Saigi Rubió Professor of Health Sciences Studies, where he directs the Telemedicine program, and researcher of the i2TIC research group at the UOC. His main research area focuses on the definition, implementation and evaluation of new telemedicine services, and also on the analysis of the technological and non-technological determinants of the uses of ICT by health professionals and in the analysis of the effects of e-health on the health status of users and patients of health systems. At the same time, since she began her «professional life» at the UOC, she has dedicated herself to innovate in health training and in the use of social networks for the exchange of knowledge in health. He is the founder and scientific advisor of CICUT (Ibero-American Cluster of University Collaboration in Telemedicine) and principal investigator of the CYTED-RITMOS network (Ibero-American Network of Mobile Health Technologies).