Mandometer: Britain fights obesity with the talking dish

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Obesity is now a social problem throughout Europe, especially in Great Britain, where the phenomenon has been taken into serious consideration by the national health service, which has decided to adopt Mandometer, the talking dish. It is a technological gadget made in Sweden, which counts calories, warns you if you are overeating and gives advice on how to eat your meal.



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THEobesity is now a social problem throughout Europe, especially in Great Britain, where the phenomenon has been taken into serious consideration by the national health service, which has decided to adopt Mandometer, the talking dish. It is a technological gadget manufactured in Sweden which count calories, warns you if you are overeating and gives advice on how to eat the meal.



Mandometer is part of a project that will start shortly in the United Kingdom and will involve a sample of 600 seriously overweight families, who will be able to take advantage of this particular scale (costing approx 2000 €) able to help patients recognize the sense of satiety.

The talking plate checks the amount of food that patients will eat during the meal and if the person eats too fast and voraciously, the voice warning goes off: “Please eat slower”.

But why in Great Britain? Why is the Fattest country in Europe, where one in four adults is obese, due to the typical foods of Anglo-Saxon cuisine, such as chips, fried fish, bacon, lard and butter, with a cost to public health that exceeds 4,2 billion pounds a year.

The talking dish was adopted for educational purposesor, to help people prevent and reduce obesity by paying more attention to what they eat, the quantities of food eaten and the timing: eating more slowly helps you feel more full and reduce the amount of food.

As Julian Hamilton-Shield himself, doctor who follows the tests, said the talking plate: “It serves to retrain the body to recognize satiety. This helps to lose weight in the long run ”.



In the society of consumerism and greed, will it really be an additional gadget (moreover quite cheap) to solve the problem?

Verdiana Amorosi

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