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).