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Health Services: Computer Software

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 102073, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what safeguards are in place to prevent (a) children and (b) those suffering from eating disorders using the NHS’s Better Health weight loss app.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

20 October 2020

The NHS Weight Loss Plan app asks users to enter their height and weight to calculate their body mass index (BMI). If a user is underweight or a healthy weight according to their BMI, messaging is shown that explains this weight loss tool is not for them. App users who are underweight or at the lower end of a healthy weight are not prompted to use the app any further than the BMI calculation stage. The app also advises users to discuss their weight with their general practitioner if they have any concerns.

It is clearly stated in the initial ‘onboarding’ screens that the app is not suitable for those under 18 years of age.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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