We’ve all been there: looking at that pastry, wondering how bad it would be if we just took the plunge and ate it. Now, in Japan, you can snap a picture on your cell phone, mail it in, and a nutritionist will tell you just how bad you’re about to be, according to an AP article. It’s all part of a program set up by the Japanese government to help citizens combat the weight and health issues now cropping up in a country known for its low-fat diet and longevity.
These days about half of Japanese men and 20 percent of women are thought to be at risk for health conditions related to weight. The government is hoping to cut that statistic in half through programs such as this one, being pioneered in central Japan. “Cell phones are everywhere here,” said an Osaka health official of the program. “We’re hoping they can now make it easier for people to get help improving their diet.”
One of the doctors behind the program touts its increased accuracy. “Patients used to fill out meal logs, but people tend to forget things or underestimate their portions. Photographing meals and e-mailing them in is easier and gets more accurate results.”
As the article on the program points out, this really isn’t a solution for assessing a one-time temptation; it’s more suited for those looking for an in-depth analysis of their diet and eating patterns.
Why? Because it takes three days to get an answer as to how very bad that doughnut is going to be for you.