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An App to Fight Overeating

Posted December 23, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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With the holidays in full swing, like me, you are probably overdoing it: your pants may or may not be strangling you as you sit at your desk, contemplating yet another colorful cookie.

No? Then this blog probably isn’t for you.

However, for those of you who, like me, are gluttonous animals, likely cloaked in a fine cookie dust, there may be help on the horizon in the shape of a new app being developed by researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Connecticut.

Aptly named SlipBuddy, the three-pronged approach to weight management involves keeping track of a user’s eating patterns, offering intervention and assistance to change the behavior.

What makes this app different in a sea of competing apps, according to researchers, is that the process is simple. Users are asked to check in three times a day to fill in information about factors such as stress levels, hours of sleep, fatigue and when the user felt like they had eaten too much. Once collected, a machine learning algorithm is applied to the data, looking at possible patterns and triggers for over-eating. The notion behind determining these patterns, according to researchers, is that the app can help predict conditions likely to trigger an over-eating event, for instance while watching TV, late at night or when the user can’t sleep.

In those instances, sensing that the conditions are prime for the user to over-eat, the app will intervene by suggesting that the user take a walk, turn off the TV or engage in some other stress-reducing activity.

"Mobile technology, which is ubiquitous today, has the capacity to deliver evidence-based weight loss interventions with lower cost and user burden than traditional intervention models," said Carolina Ruiz, associate professor of computer science at WPI.

Built for the Android platform, the app eventually will be available for iOS devices, as well. Although still in the research phase, designers believe that the app could be ready for release as early as 2019.

Would this app appeal to you or would you, like me, need something a bit more convincing, say an app that physically smacks a cookie out of your hand?

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Re: An App to Fight Overeating

12/23/2017 10:14 AM

It sounds too much like a homework assignment. Besides, that's what New Year's resolutions are for.

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12/23/2017 12:01 PM

I'm not fat....I just got big bones....

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12/23/2017 9:07 PM

"..cloaked in a fine cooke dust.." You got it.

Late at night watching TV, or can't sleep, my advice just make sure it involves a piece of cheese. The old hot milk advice, cheese, whatever, calcium is the key to nodding off IMO. I can't go to sleep hungry. No regrets about nibbling at night. And remember how we used to feed the kids "milk and cookies"? In an effort to not drink coffee later at night I discovered that milk and cookies are AMAZING for an ol person. Yep. I love it. Should do it more often. Could be so much worse lets face it.

No eating problem so no interest in the app, sorry. Seasonal cookie is goooood.

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12/24/2017 10:33 AM

I don't know where I should post this reply ?

What's the next technology in 50 years (1)

Or this page (2)

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Machines and computers thinking for humans because they have lost the ability to and because it's easier.

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Re: An App to Fight Overeating

12/25/2017 12:14 AM

If this is your view with the holidays in full swing,
what more inspiration do you need to eat less?
Do you really need an app to get the message?

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12/26/2017 8:47 AM

I would definitely agree to be a beta tester of this one.

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12/28/2017 9:13 AM

My doctor diagnosed me as diabetic. That did it for me. The meds he prescribed made me feel like crap so with his permission I stopped taking them and went on a strict diet of low sugar, low carbs. I don't eat more than what's called for as a portion. I eat one helping at meals. I started this 2 weeks before my rotator cuff surgery so I'm still in a sling until January 5th., So no exercise to speak of. I've lost 16lbs and my blood glucose is back to normal. I've also stopped taking pain meds for my back, other than Tylenol. No app other than my own brain was needed!

I can't wait to get out of this sling and start on an exercise regime...hoping to reverse some of the aging!

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12/28/2017 9:23 AM

Now a healthier 16 lbs lighter, we all were wondering about your 'stick man' avatar.
Hang in there! All the best for 2018.

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12/28/2017 10:44 AM

The focus of that avatar is the dog...I'm no stick man at 185! Hope to get down to 175 and back to a BMI around 15.

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