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Self Conversation in Virtual Reality Embodiment to Enhance Healthier Lifestyles Among Obese People

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 951930

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 985 395

  • EU contribution

    € 1 748 207,50

Coordinated by:

VIRTUAL BODYWORKS SL

Spain

Objective

Context
According to the WHO, approximately 23% of women and 20% of men are classified as obese. Approximately 69 billion euros is spent on healthcare issues related to dealing with overweight or obese patients in Europe every year.
Obesity not only increases the likelihood of many physical illnesses, such as diabetes and coronary artery disease but can also provoke mental health issues such as stress and depression.
There is a substantial unmet need to help reduce both the economic and public health burden of obesity.

Problem: Current treatments for obesity have limited effectiveness.
Treatments for obesity focus on trying to develop a behaviour change in the patients, predominantly trying to change their diet or take more exercise. However, these treatments have shown to be largely ineffective with most patients failing to lose weight in the medium to long term.
Telemedicine has been proposed as an alternative to this, with some Virtual Reality solutions beginning to penetrate the market. However, these solutions are essentially the same lifestyle behaviour change treatments in a VR environment. Over time, the patient returns to their previous weight.

Solution
conVRself is a VR platform that uses embodiment to treat obesity, by allowing the patient to see and interact with themselves. This allows them to target three aspects that are inherent with severe obesity:
- Recognition
- Self stigmatisation
- Self determination
conVRself allows patients to tackle the root causes of their obesity, rather than simply treating the symptoms.

Project Scope
SOCRATES will:
- Adapt the conVRself technology for treating obesity in a clinical setting
- validate the efficacy of embodiment technology in treating obesity
- use conVRself as a proof of concept for using embodiment techniques as a treatment for other behavioural disorders
- disseminate the results to promote the use of embodiment technology as an effective healthcare solution for treating behavioural conditions.

Coordinator

VIRTUAL BODYWORKS SL

Address

Carrer De Llanca Num. 51 P.12 Pta.2
08015 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 553 437,50

Participants (3)

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 342 187,50

FUNDACIO HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARI VALL D'HEBRON - INSTITUT DE RECERCA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 397 875

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 454 707,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 951930

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 985 395

  • EU contribution

    € 1 748 207,50

Coordinated by:

VIRTUAL BODYWORKS SL

Spain