Exclusive: Fitness trackers do Not make you fat


It’s   food and your lifestyle that does, shocker!

These are simply a couple of the headlines that the digital wellness sector is waking up to across the world this morning as a result of a research carried from the University of Pittsburgh. Over a two year interval obese people have given a low calorie diet along with a fitness regime. Half way through the process half of the group was given a gym tracker. According to the research, this part of the class lost less fat than the group without the tracker.

I guess it is rather safe to say we have a few holes in the coverage of the study. The group with the trackers could have lost less fat but they did not put on additional fat. Given that the fact that they were obese in the first position, this should be viewed a positive, not only negative. More to the point, in the real world, outside of college walls and controllers and two year periods, anything that makes any among us — not just the ones that are obese — concentrate on our health, has become a great thing surely?

According to a report published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) before this year 58% of girls and 65% of men were classed as overweight or obese at 2014. Even more worrying is that at 2014/15, more than one in five children in reception class at college, and yet one in three children in the year 6 were quantified as obese or overweight.

Have a stroll down some UK high road and you will have to deal with the products in Greggs and McDonalds to mention just some of these fast food outlets we all know we should eat in moderation. Last week Newcastle was named as the Greggs capital of the UK with town offering “a whopping 29 Greggs sockets — the equal of 9.9 shops for each 100,000 people in town”.

Statistics from the National Child Measurement Programme 2014/15 say that 23.7% of four to five-year-olds in the North East are overweight or obese — higher than England’s average of 21.9%. If just a handful of these donned a gym and began to think about their bodies at a much healthier way I guess that would definitely be well worth a two or three.

While I’m all in favor of studies that analyze the efficacy of technology, we seem to be watching a mass assault on devices that are really doing a lot more good than a cheese and onion pasty can ever dream of.

Monitoring the amount of action we perform on a daily basis, the quality of sleep we have and the impact of our diets in our wellbeing has got to be greater than tapping the program for a takeaway. While the research found that gym tracker wearers might have been rewarding themselves with treats more frequently than the group with no tracker, this is the real matter. We need to  discover why this was, not slate an industry built in improving the health of all. Let’s face it, it is what we put in our mouths and how little we proceed about that actually makes us fat, maybe not a wearable apparatus.

With obesity now linked to 13 unique types of cancer like gut, liver and uterus, along with the increased burden this epidemic is causing to the UK’s health care you need to wonder why the press  wants to present physical fitness devices in such a bad light? The newest Apple view is a excellent example of how these goods may make us conscious of their health — it may count laps, monitor average speed and efficiently measure calorie burn along with other items. Since the UK ups the pace for developing digital health selections for the patient — see Jeremy Hunt’s most current statement on internet NHS services — the importance of wearables is just set to grow.

The UK does enjoy a bit of a moan. And most of us know the media likes to find error. According to Diabetes UK this affliction “is the fastest growing health threat of our days and also an urgent public health problem”. Obesity is an integral element for anyone developing Type 2 diabetes accounting for 80-85% of the general risk      and says Diabetes UK, underlies the present international spread of the problem. If fitness trackers help even a tiny proportion of patients with this condition then has to be great.

I’m conscious that those of us that currently eat well, do not drink a lot and require a general interest in our wellness are more likely to get the maximum from a workout tracker. However, to suggest that because one group on the analysis lost less weight than the gym free class (3.5kg in comparison to 5.9kg), this can be really making them more pliable is not useful. Any fat loss should be applauded not held up as any kind of failure by them and the digital wellness sector.

But continue, perhaps I’m wrong… with McDonalds withdrawing the addition of fitness trackers with its Happy Meals this summer since they were discovered to be annoying the skin of users, perhaps we should be think twice about the health advantages of the devices…