J Nutr Health.  2020 Feb;53(1):83-97. 10.4163/jnh.2020.53.1.83.

Application and evaluation of mobile nutrition management service for breast cancer patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Gachon University, Seongnam 13120, Korea. skysea@gachon.ac.kr
  • 2LifeSemantics, Seoul 06138, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study evaluated the effects of nutrition management application in a mobile device on obesity management of patients with breast cancer.
METHODS
Fifty subjects, who were breast cancer survivors, aged 30 years and older, participated in an obesity management program for four weeks. They were divided randomly into two groups: a control group (n = 25) and a treatment group (n = 25). The treatment group was provided an application for nutrition management and diet consultant, while the control group maintained their ordinary life without any nutrition management.
RESULTS
The weight of the treatment group decreased by 0.8 kg, but the change was not significant. In contrast, the waist-hip ratio of the treatment group decreased significantly from 0.75 to 0.71 (p = 0.012). The Nutrition Quotients of the treatment group increased significantly from 61.3 to 69.6 points (p < 0.001), whereas that of the control group decreased significantly from 61.5 to 59.0 (p = 0.002).
CONCLUSION
This mobile nutrition management application for breast cancer patients is effective in managing obesity and dietary habits. These results can be used as basic information to prepare an obesity management program for breast cancer patients.

Keyword

breast cancer; mobile application; diet therapy; obesity management

MeSH Terms

Breast Neoplasms*
Breast*
Consultants
Diet
Diet Therapy
Food Habits
Humans
Mobile Applications
Obesity
Survivors
Waist-Hip Ratio
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