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Best Mobile Apps to Reduce Child Obesity Levels

As per the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the age group of 2- to 5-year-old has an obesity prevalence rate of 13.9%.

Mobile Apps To Reduce Child Obesity

It is estimated that almost 17% of children in the US are obese and almost one-third of children are obese or overweight by the age of nine. While high tech gadgets have previously been targeted at adults with websites such as PLATESANDWIRES regularly sharing reviews and shopping guides, these days children are also targeted with gadgets and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. 

You only have to go to Walmart to see parents trying to occupy their children with games on a mobile device, so they can shop in peace. And how often have you seen a group of teenagers hanging out together… all with their faces in their phones?

But what if one of the causes of childhood obesity could reduce it? Children and teenagers mostly use smartphones and tablets to play games, listen to music and use social media. So why not use that love of technology to help reduce obesity?

There are thousands of apps available that focus on health, wellness, weight loss, and exercise, but unfortunately, many are not aimed at children. Luckily for you, we’ve reviewed apps and come up with the five best mobile apps to reduce overweight and offer overweight preventions.

Top Mobile Apps to Reduce Child Obesity

The following apps can well answer your questions like ‘how can kids lose weight?’ and ‘how to help an overweight child?’ Take a look:

1. Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run is a zombie adventure story with the aim of getting you moving. It gives participants the chance to save the world and be the hero of your own story. In simple words, it’s an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure that helps overweight kids.

The app offers detailed graphs and stats for the entire progress and in the background, the user can listen to pulse-pounding songs.

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Notable features of Zombies, Run app:

  • Can be used anywhere;
  • Works at any speed;
  • It’s fun and engaging with weekly missions to keep participants interested;
  • Supports Wear OS app.

Download for iOS and Android

2. Loseit

Unhealthy food is the primary reason behind the reasons for overweight and to tackle this issue, this app tracks the calorie intake. It has an easy to use interface and gives reminders when it’s time to log. The user needs to download the app, set goals, and then just track the food and exercise.

The app relies on the proven principles of calorie tracking to help the user to lose weight. It not only tracks the nutrients, but also take note of macros, proteins, water, carbs, and more.

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Notable features of the Loseit app:

  • Calculate calories as per the user’s age, weight, sex, and height;
  • By taking the photos of the food and the app calculates the calories;
  • Fitness app syncs;
  • A vast food library database. 

Download for iOS and Android

3. Positive Penguins

Positive Penguins aim to help children understand their feelings and change their negative feelings which a lot of obese children have. The resilience strategy of the game is based on the idea that negative stories that we know are not wrong, but sometimes they are not true.

The game starts with four penguins that take the user to an interactive journey, where a positive decision needs to be taken and once done successfully, it leads to a more realistic track.

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Notable features of Positive Penguins app:

  • Teaches children to be resilient and deal with bullying;
  • Helps to stay positive on the weight loss journey;
  • Help kids to solve problems in a fun playful way;
  • Challenge can be sent to teachers and parents as well.

Download for iOS

4. Kids Yoga Deck

Yoga is well known to many as an excellent exercise program, but did you know it can benefit children too? Kids Yoga Deck is an excellent app that helps kids to perform yoga to keep their mind and body fit.

To make it easy for the kids, the exercises are designed in a way that it becomes fun activities. The app is specially developed to cater to the kid's age 2 or more.

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Notable features of Kids Yoga Deck app:

  • Step-by-step how to do the exercises;
  • Help build muscle, stretch bodies and calm the mind;
  • 52-card deck of child-friendly yoga poses;
  • Easy-to-follow sequences.

Download for iOS

5. Habit List

For anyone to lose weight, they need to form new habits which can be difficult, and this app helps with that. As the name of this app suggests, it’s more about building good habits, and if it’s about weight loss, it helps the same way.

The app allows the user to keep track of the habit on a weekly and monthly basis. If the user is doing reasonably well, there will be a green light; else it would turn into red.

Top Mobile Apps To Reduce Child Obesity

Notable features of Habit List:

  • Easy to use interface;
  • Flexible scheduling;
  • Reminders and badges o stay on track;
  • Shows streaks to motivate the user.

Download for iOS

Fighting obesity can be a complex problem, but by using a combination of mobile apps to focus on different actions, success is much easier to achieve. An app developer must consider some factors before developing an app for kids. All the above-mentioned apps are crafted for kids and take care of all the nitty-gritty that follows.

If you wish to learn more about apps that can assist the kids with parental control and top healthcare development companies, stay tuned to MobileAppDaily and keep yourself abreast of all the latest updates of the mobile app industry.

Aparna <span>Growth Strategist</span>
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Aparna Growth Strategist

Aparna is a growth specialist with handsful knowledge in business development. She values marketing as key a driver for sales, keeping up with the latest in the Mobile App industry. Her getting things done attitude makes her a magnet for the trickiest of tasks. In free times, which are few and far between, you can catch up with her at a game of Fussball.

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