“Eating Machine” tells you how to eat

This is just fucked up. Really. Truly. Fucked. Up.

Called the Mandometer, the Swedish-developed device connects a scale that sits under a dinner plate – weighing the food remaining on the plate – to a graphic screen that represents the ideal speed of eating. Too great a departure from that line, either from eating too slowly or too quickly, prompts a voice instruction.

At regular intervals, the user has to rate their feeling of fullness, which then appears as a dot on the screen, forming a graph as the meal progresses. This is also compared to an ideal pattern for people of normal weight. (my emphasis – WTF?)

Firstly, that’s an inappropriate level of control over someone’s eating.

Secondly, the whole concept is that fat people STUPID. We, apparently, are fat because of ‘poor eating habits’, including inappropriate portion size, speed of eating and inability to identify when one is full.

Please click through to the story and watch the accompanying video about how it works (sorry, couldn’t find an embeddable version and sorry again that it’s on SMH).

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3 Responses to ““Eating Machine” tells you how to eat”


  1. 1 QuiltLuvr Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 12:46 am

    While I do think this “machine” seems rather inane – I also think it is another example of treating fatness using flawed theories. If fatness really was caused by eating too-much-too-fast, then this little gem would be brilliant. So for a person who is already eating reasonable amounts of healthy food – this product will do… absolutely nothing.

    That’s what happened to me. After years and years of dieting, I had to relearn to eat when hungry, stop when full. And absolutely nothing is exactly what happened to my weight. I was at much greater peace of mind, though.

  2. 2 Atchka! Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 1:17 am

    It’s only a matter of time before they invent a robot who will just fork the bean sprouts in your mouth for you at the proper rate. Then another machine will move your jaw for you to ensure that you chew each bite exactly 83 times for maximum efficiency.

    And don’t even ask about the poopin’ machine.

    Peace,
    Shannon

  3. 3 living400lbs Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 5:31 am

    Too great a departure from that line, either from eating too slowly or too quickly, prompts a voice instruction.

    Because of course all food weighs the same. Green salad, a chicken breast, and pasta alfredo on the same plate? Each bite will weigh the same. Right?


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