The BigO app is designed as part of the EU research project BigO to be used by school children and adolescents, aged 9-18 years old. You will be part of the BigO Community, acting as “citizen scientists” in order to contribute data and assist on the research carried out on childhood obesity.
The following data is collected through the BigO app:
• Physical activity and geolocation (GPS) data from the sensors of your mobile phone or smartwatch
• Photographs of food that you consume and of food advertisements you encounter in your surroundings
• Your age, height, weight, and answers to questions about your physical activity, eating and sleep habits
Al data will be analysed by the researchers of the BigO project in order to provide statistical evidence on eating and physical activity behaviours in different communities and help the authorities take measures to promote healthy living and to plan and execute effective programs against obesity.
For example, data will be used to estimate statistics on everyday life habits such as frequency of eating at fast food restaurants and means of transportation. We also hope to measure other factors in the participants’ environment such as number and type of food advertisements in a neighbourhood or city.
All data collected is protected through data anonymization, SSL encryption, and is stored on servers with certified security
Individual personal data will never be published. The BigO system will generate community eating and physical activity behavioural profiles, without singling out individual behaviours.
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The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Health, demographic change and well-being Programme under Grant Agreement No. 727688 [01/12/2016 - 30/11/2020].