Thursday, March 19, 2009

Here's one little gizmo I won't be buying


The HappyHR (I kid you not) continuously calculates the amount of calories you burn. Even, um, when you're asleep.

"Stay fit and be happy" is the slogan dreamed up by the Georgia Tech students who are building this gadget. I think they've got the wrong slogan there. How about "Think you're obsessive about eating now? Wait till you wear one of these babies."

I can already imagine the new eating disorder that will grow out of this. Calorexia, anyone?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I would put it on my cat

Rachel said...

God how I would have loved one of these when I was actively eating disordered.

Harriet said...

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

Ummm...the ad you have for Polar F6heart rate monitors...I love mine.

I have one, I'm not eating disordered, I'm not thin. I like to know my heart rate while working out. Sheesh. What's wrong with wanting to be in tune with your body rhythms??

Harriet said...

For people with eating disorders, or those who are disposed in that direction, knowing how many calories you're burning every second of every day and night is a terrible idea. Talk about triggering! I think everyone with an ED would want one of these.

I don't have an eating disorder, but this is exactly the kind of thing that would make me nutty. I can only imagine the obsessiveness it would lead to.

As a culture we are already made to feel shitty about what we eat, how much we eat, how many calories we do or don't burn. We really don't need this.

Glad it works for you, though.

Gwen said...

Whatever happened to intuitive eating? I was watching some documentary the other day and some young adults were asked to answer "What is a calorie?" Their answers were generally "something that makes you fat" or "something bad for you". It made me angry. How is a unit of energy that keeps us alive now being interpreted as a bad thing? It is not necessary to know how many calories we are burning every single second of the day. My opinion is that it's also an unhealthy behavior to monitor that sort of thing so closely. But to each his own, I guess. Thanks for being a voice of reason, Harriet.

me said...

Did you see the latest Oprah? In it people are encouraged to take pictures, with their iphones of course, of every thing they put into their mouth. Really, Oprah?

Harriet said...

Oh, icky icky icky. Occasionally I think Oprah is heading in the right direction and then--something like this.

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

Hi , Harriet. I just read your article on the New york times, "One spoonful at a time". This article touched me so much, so much so much. I really needed it to see right now. I am in recovery from an eating disorder as well, and have a food/recovery blog that I write in. I am feeling a rough patch that has lasted a few weeks, and I just wanted to know how wonderful the article was to read. I sent it to my mother.

I would love to keep in touch with you. You are an amazing writer with a wonderful message. email me, please! Leetilghman@aol.com.

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

Hi , Harriet. I just read your article on the New york times, "One spoonful at a time". This article touched me so much, so much so much. I really needed it to see right now. I am in recovery from an eating disorder as well, and have a food/recovery blog that I write in. I am feeling a rough patch that has lasted a few weeks, and I just wanted to know how wonderful the article was to read. I sent it to my mother.

I would love to keep in touch with you. You are an amazing writer with a wonderful message. email me, please! Leetilghman@aol.com.

Anonymous said...

What an awful invention! It would drive me to the brink of insanity! I have an Ed and this would definetly ruin my life considering I think too much about calories without one of these to keep track.