Perceived facilitators and barriers to engaging with a digital intervention among those with food insecurity, binge eating, and obesity

Anu Venkatesh, Angela Chang, Emilie A. Green, Tianna Randall, Raquel Gallagher, Jennifer E. Wildes, Andrea K. Graham*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Interventions that address binge eating and food insecurity are needed. Engaging people with lived experience to understand their needs and preferences could yield important design considerations for such interventions. In this study, people with food insecurity, recurrent binge eating, and obesity completed an interview-based needs assessment to learn facilitators and barriers that they perceive would impact their engagement with a digital intervention for managing binge eating and weight. Twenty adults completed semi-structured interviews. Responses were analyzed using thematic analysis. Three themes emerged. Participants shared considerations that impact their ability to access the intervention (e.g., cost of intervention, cost of technology, accessibility across devices), ability to complete intervention recommendations (e.g., affordable healthy meals, education to help stretch groceries, food vouchers, rides to grocery stores, personalized to budget), and preferred intervention features for education, self-monitoring, personalization, support, and motivation/rewards. Engaging people with lived experiences via user-centered design methods revealed important design considerations for a digital intervention to meet this population’s needs. Future research is needed to test whether a digital intervention that incorporates these recommendations is engaging and effective for people with binge eating and food insecurity. Findings may have relevance to designing digital interventions for other health problems as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2458
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Binge eating
  • Digital intervention
  • Food insecurity
  • Obesity
  • User-centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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