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      WeightMentor: A New Automated Chatbot for Weight Loss Maintenance

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
      Human Computer Interaction Conference
      4 - 6 July 2018
      Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Connected Health, Health Communication, Weight Loss Maintenance


            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.


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            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-5
            [0001]School of Communication & Media

            Ulster University
            [0002]School of Communication & Media/Institute of Nursing & Health Research

            Ulster University
            [0003]School of Computing

            Ulster University
            [0004]School of Nursing/Institute of Nursing & Health Research

            Ulster University
            © Holmes et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.103
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Artificial Intelligence,Health Communication,Chatbots,Weight Loss Maintenance,Connected Health


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