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Technology, Health, and the Capability Approach by the Ethics of Dietary Apps

Jenny Lange*

Dietary applications are believed to encourage improved eating practises, enhance dietary knowledge, and increase nutritional awareness. However, their use has also brought up a number of moral and social concerns about how they affect individual freedoms, how they create power imbalances, how they prevent end users from learning more about health, how they coerce people, and even how they can have negative effects on people's health. This essay will examine some of the most frequent concerns levelled towards dietary apps using the capabilities approach methodology to determine what actions should be implemented to preserve people's rights and maintain their health. Dietary applications democratise nutritional knowledge, but they must be created and utilised in a way that is morally acceptable and considerate of users' individual, societal, and environmental preferences. Factors of conversion this essay will show that although some forms of nudging inside dietary apps are allowed since they are frequently employed as a "extended will," app developers shouldn't push people in agency-infringing, coercive, or aggressive methods for their own financial gain. This article will give a user-centric technique (the capacity approach) to show how food technologies should take the end-user into account while developing and utilising them [1]. Apps that offer suggestions and record our life are becoming more and more popular and used.

Keywords: The capability approach; Technology ethics; Health ethics; Dietary apps

Published Date: 2022-11-30; Received Date: 2022-11-03