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Hi-tech sensors aim to help prevent obesity

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Posted in Medicine on 10th Dec, 2013 10:13 PM by AlexMuller

Dubbed Splendid, the project aims to persuade youngsters to adopt healthier lifestyles and be more aware of their eating and exercise habits. It is part of a push to use technology to create preventative healthcare. Obesity causes an estimated 2.8 million deaths among adults around the world every year.

 
"The idea is that we try to investigate ways to prevent obesity and eating disorders," said Prof Anastasios Delopoulos, the project co-ordinator who works for the department of electrical and computer engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
 
The system will be tested on around 200 secondary school students in Sweden and another set of children in the Netherlands. Sensors will be used to measure the speed at which food is eaten as well as how food is chewed.
 
The time taken to consume food is one of the risk factors in obesity, according to Prof Delopoulos. It will be measured using a mandometer, from Swedish firm AB Mando, which is currently used in a handful of clinics set up to treat eating disorders.
 
The sensor comprises a scale connected to a portable computer or a smartphone. A plate of food is put on the scale and the rate at which it leaves the plate is recorded, with an audible warning if it is being eaten too quickly for the person to realise they are full.
 
Swiss firm CSEM is developing the other two sensors that will be used in the project. ActiSmile is a wearable sensor, which rewards the wearer with a smiley face when enough exercise has been done.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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This should help with moderating eating habits. If food is eaten very quickly so that people eat more without realising that they are fool, warning them about the seed would help. Good idea
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Obesity and diabetes are one of the biggest problems in healthcare. These sensors could help as a prevention
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Our lifestyle is one major cause of health problems and educating people to change and prevent this continue is the priority Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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It is clear that sensors will increasingly be integrated into healthcare. From connected scales to sensors that can track heart rate ...... the patient can follow and try to understand their healthcare data
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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This is also useful for patients with chronic condition who want to keep track of their disease progression. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
+1
Healthcare apps are great idea. There is growing pressures on healthcare providers to see more patients, the time that a patient spends with their provider is decreasing, with the potential to l decrease quality of care. The apps can help and assist
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Yes, good idea. Many times it can be months until a patient gets the opportunity to follow up with their physician and it can be difficult for patients to recall exactly when their disease was better or worse. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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It is so surprising how quickly proportion of overweight people increased during the past 20 years, humans evolved to be on the move with the food limits. Our body metabolism can not change so quickly
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Keeping more closely to a lifestyle that human bodies evolved to experience is the key to tackle this problem Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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These sensors could help as a prevention and this is always the best options. Other sensors and apps can help patients record information to make it easier for doctors to understand their disease process and can possibly help with clinical decisions involving treatment. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Yes, prevention is the best and where efforts should be. It will bring us to an era of healthcare rather than sick care. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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Wydaję mi się że nie, ale ja zaczzywaj odpinam. Płaszcze Crombie też mają dolny odpięty. Jednak przy wielkich mrozach zapinam i ten ostatni guzik. Reply


 

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