Obesity and Overweight are significant risk factors for many chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is difficult and maintaining weight loss is a greater challenge. Effective communication is hindered by conflicting information and the sensitivity of the subject of obesity. Recent technological solutions for weight loss maintenance are limited. A chatbot would be appropriate for supporting weight loss as it does not require a human operator, is available 24 hours a day, and supports natural communication while maintaining anonymity. Such a system may also be integrated with popular social media platforms such as Facebook Messenger. This paper describes the design and development of the WeightMentor chatbot, a self-help motivational tool for weight loss maintenance. Chatbots may have the potential to contribute to obesity prevention and management.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 10 May 2018|
|Event||British HCI Conference 2018 - Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
Duration: 2 Jul 2018 → 6 Jul 2018
|Conference||British HCI Conference 2018|
|Period||2/07/18 → 6/07/18|
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