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Public turning to apps and other technology to lose weight

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People tackling weight problems are turning to technology for help to shed the pounds, a survey has suggested.

More than half of people (57%) questioned said they were more likely to turn to their phone or tablet for advice on how to tackle obesity than heart problems, cancer or diabetes.

“We need to ensure that the NHS is working together with patients to accelerate access to modern health technology”

George Freeman

The survey, carried out by AXA PPP to mark the Health Tech and You Forum at the Design Museum in London, looked at how apps, devices and gadgets are impacting the nation’s health.

More than two-fifths of people (43%) believe that the NHS should provide health technology free of charge to help people improve their overall health, while 44% believe it would help them to manage long-term health conditions.

George Freeman MP, who will speak at the event, said: “These findings are a wake-up call about the importance of digital health tech in combating the rising burden of chronic disease through earlier diagnosis, better treatment and reduced hospital stays.

George Freeman

George Freeman

“With today’s patients hungry for additional support via apps, monitoring devices and other health technology solutions, we need to ensure that the NHS is working together with patients to accelerate access to modern health technology,” he added.

The age group most open to health technology are aged between 18 and 44 (42%) while the over 55s are the least likely to use it (23%).

The Health Tech and You State of the Nation report surveyed 2,030 adults online between October 9 and 10.

The forum is a joint venture also including 2020Health and the Design Museum.

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