13 January 2010

You are how you eat

TechReview have published a roundup of gadgets for getting in shape: a range of clever devices for monitoring your calorie consumption or activity levels. The Mandometer (above) seems an interesting departure, though. It measures the rate at which you're eating and compares that to the rate that would give you the natural satiety cues that regulate eating behaviour in people of normal weight (i.e. the rate that would give time for the stomach to tell the brain it's getting full). Your task as a user is to try to get your rate down to normal.

Innovative, because it gets at the heart of being overweight i.e. that you simply consume too much. And it trains you to adapt your basic behaviour, rather than become a fetishistic point or calorie counter.

And (joy) evidence of its effectiveness is published in the BMJ.

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