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The app, currently available for iOS only, has 1,400 users but Luu hopes to grow his audience more before bringing his method to other devices such as Android. The app is free to download and use but requires a subscription after a user weighs themselves 100 times.
Luu, who quit his job as an engineer, said he wanted to make his app as accessible as possible and is still working out how he plans to make a profit off of it.
“This is to benefit people losing weight so I don’t want to put it behind a paywall,” he said.
In 2018, 63.1 per cent of Canadians had increased health risks due to excess weight, according to a Statistics Canada study. Of those, 26.8 per cent or roughly 7.3 million people were considered obese while 36.3 per cent or 9.9 million people were classified as overweight.
The Canadian Medical Association recognizes obesity as a chronic medical disease that can increase the risk of health problems.