Obesity represents a big global public health issue, which many scientists have named as the XXI century epidemic due to its magnitude, its growth rate, and the negative effect it has on the population. Although genetic vulnerability plays a role, obesity is predominantly caused by high-energy food consumption plus physical inactivity. However, the disease is 100% curable in all cases if the necessary efforts are made. Young obese people aged from 9 to 17 years old will be the target of my product, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which are more easily affected by the disease and for whom changes require more efforts.
The current care system has many shortcomings that fail to curb the epidemic. Due to insufficient budget allocated by the government, the children can not all have access to specialized follow-ups. Moreover, obese people often suffer from stigmatization and shame, which leads to social withdrawal and self-depreciation, the key reasons why it is so complicated to take in account all the facets of the problem. The lack of self-esteem reduces the motivation required to make changes in order to fight obesity. My aim is, rather than focusing on nutrition and physical activities, to have a more sensitive approach. To change behavior successfully, the obese child should be placed in a positive social context. It is important to keep a healthy relation to food. The concern here is also to highlight each step of the treatment so that it is well perceived by the children and they can be proud of themselves, and by so doing, increase motivation.
I created Olen : a mobile phone application combined with a personal object. The final goal is to assist teens by giving them greater autonomy in dealing with their weight problem. This can lead to increased motivation and enable them to become actors in their own treatment. It focuses on socialization as a way to increase self-confidence and encourage one another, and act in the private sphere to make the teens change their food and sport habits durably.