News in brief: January 2012
The NHS has devised a novel way to tackle the obesity problem—the “talking plate,” or Mandometer.
Many people eat too quickly and do not listen to when their body says they’ve eaten enough. The plate tells the user to “eat more slowly,” and asks, “Are you feeling full yet?” in an attempt to change the eating habits of obese patients.
The £1500 (€1750; $2350) Swedish device comes in two parts; a scale, which is placed under the user’s plate, and a computer screen showing a picture of the food being consumed.
The initiative by Bristol University is targeting around 600 obese families, in participation with GPs and nurses. Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield, the project lead, said obese children using the Mandometer ate 12-15% less per meal at the end of the 12 month trial.
A generation of contact lenses that project images onto the eye, is a step closer to reality.