Navigation Links
Clemson University researchers are making every bite count
Date:8/2/2011

221.10.254.64

CLEMSON, S.C. Two Clemson University researchers seek to make diners mindful of mindless eating.

Psychology professor Eric Muth and electrical and computer engineering professor Adam Hoover have created the Bite Counter, a measurement device that will make it easier for people to monitor how much they eat. Worn like a watch, the Bite Counter device tracks a pattern of wrist-roll motion to identify when the wearer has taken a bite of food. Think of it as a pedometer for eating.

"At the societal level, current weight-loss and maintenance programs are failing to make a significant impact. Studies have shown that people tend to underestimate what they eat by large margins, mostly because traditional methods rely upon selfobservation and reporting," said Muth. "Our preliminary data suggest that bite count can be used as a proxy for caloric count."

The advantage of the Bite Counter is that it is automated so that user bias is removed. The device can be used anywhere, such as at restaurants or while working, where people find it difficult to manually track and remember calories.

The device is not based on what happens in a single bite (i.e. exact grams or specific food nutrients), but in how it simplifies long-term monitoring. For commercialization, Bite Counters eventually will be sold as simple consumer electronics alongside such familiar devices as activity monitors, heart-rate monitors, GPS watches and pedometers. A device is available from Bite Technologies now for professional and research use at http://www.icountbites.com.

"The device only requires that the user press a button to turn it on before eating and press the button again after the meal or snack is done. In between, the device automatically counts how many bites have been eaten," Hoover said.

In laboratory studies, the device has been shown to be more than 90 percent accurate in counting bites, regardless of the user, food, utensil or container, according to Hoover. However, there are few existing data on how bite count relates to calorie count or how a bite-counting device could be used for weight loss. The device will allow for such data to be more easily collected.

With prototypes completed and manufacturing under way, devices are being tested in 20 subjects for one month. The devices will store logs of bite-count activities, which will provide researchers baseline data for developing guidelines for completely new and innovative weight-loss studies.


'/>"/>

Contact: Eric Muth
muth@clemson.edu
864-506-2657
Clemson University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Clemson researchers develop hands-free texting application
2. Water Enabled Technologies of Utah Signs MOU with Clemson University, South Carolina, for Water Desalination
3. Clemson conference attracts experts concerned about childrens play deficit
4. Clemson University research team to lead accessible voting technology project
5. University of Virginia Health System Medical Laboratories Selects Sunquest's Specimen Collection Solution
6. Akron Institute of Herzing University Launches Its First Bachelors Degree Programs to Prepare Students for Even Greater Success in Business, Health Care and IT
7. Most pandemic plans in Ontario hospitals have not been tested: Queens University study
8. San Diego State University and BIOCOM Institute Receive $4.95 Million Grant: The BRIDGE Project, Linking Education to Employment in San Diegos Life Sciences Industry
9. Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University announce education and research partnership
10. Untreated poor vision in elderly linked to dementia, University of Michigan study shows
11. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. President Joseph F. Page to Speak at University of Michigan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Clemson University researchers are making every bite count
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through ... over 250 members of South Florida’s philanthropic community at its 10th anniversary Fashion ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... As a former television executive, owner Tal Rabinowitz knows how stressful ... decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to a casual meditation class while working at NBC ... implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with her team. After her tenure at NBC, she ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Miami, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 ... ... Workspace as a Service (WaaS), today announced the integration of Clarity Intelligence Platform ... itopia’s channel partners to offer real-time business intelligence (BI) to their small and ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... The Jones Agency, a family owned insurance company with offices serving Arlington, Dallas, ... with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in the hopes of alleviating hunger for nearby ... Tarrant County Food Bank offers hope and security to the one in six Texas ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Donor Network West, ... California and Nevada, announced a partnership with San Ramon Regional Medical Center. Under the ... hospital’s facilities as a way to accommodate a more certain time frame for donor ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- The primary goal of this research is to ... usage of liquid biopsy. Key information the survey seeks ... of liquid biopsy adoption amidst future users - Predominantly ... - Sample inflow to conduct liquid biopsy tests - ... so on. - Correlation analysis of sample type and ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , Feb. 11, 2016  Kindred ... focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, ... Technical Section of the New Animal Drug Application (NADA) ... the pivotal field study (KB0120) of Zimeta for the ... by the Company. --> ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., the developer ... announce the appointment of George M. Rapier, III , ... Antonio, TX , WellMed is one of the nation,s ... and HMO members in Texas and ... out of his own internal medicine practice, he has been ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: