Fight Against Fat Goes High-Tech With New Devices

Scientists are trying to develop high-tech monitoring devices to help obese people who want to change face the truth about their habits.

The experimental devices are designed to keep track of how many minutes overweight or obese people work out, how much they eat and even whether they are at a fast-food joint when they should be in the park.

Traditional weight-loss interventions rely mainly on people's memories but researchers have long known that method can be unreliable since people often forget details or lie.

In a lab in a Los Angeles suburb, two overweight teenagers help test the devices by taking turns sitting, standing, lying down, running on a treadmill and playing Wii. Wireless sensors on their chests record information and send it to a cell phone.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 8, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Wow that's funny. What does this story have to do with NC specifically OSOC? I see Los Angeles mentioned... did they move it to NC? lol
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 7, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM, most of us have a grip, then there the others that fall for the guise here. NC is empowered to do whats right for its citizens now and you have no clue what is going on. Got your chip yet?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    "Scientists are trying to develop high-tech monitoring devices to help obese people **WHO WANT TO** change face the truth about their habits." Good gawd you give new meaning to the word paranoid. Get a flippin' grip.
  • by J Location: NC on Jan 6, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    most american people are so weight concious that they are willing to take pills,have surgery,take a wond and gouge it into their bodies and suck out fat!Spend money on a gem,now their going to attach a wire to their chest so they can be tracked in their every move!next it will be the government is going to put cameras in our homes to see how much we go to the frig,or potty!!!They have jumped on God and religin,rode it to death,then smokeing,rode it to death,now weight,just wait all u liberals,u want have to smell cigerette,when you eat,they will have a weight limit at the resterants and you want be smelling the food either!So go ahead put a saddle on your back and let the government ride,ride,ride!!
  • by Crutches Location: Lenoir Co on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    Obama Snake Oil Co...We butted heads some what recently but I agree with you 100%.
  • by AshleyNevada Location: Kinston on Jan 6, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Thank you OSOC! I am so glad that someone else is able to see past the smoke and mirrors. What I think a lot of people do not understand is that if this is what is being talked about what is happening that is not being talked about.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    This is why I am against the smoking ban. You empowered the government, based on health risk, to research a device to track your eating habits. Well, when the law comes down from the state, just maybe some of you will have been forewarned. Still concerned about smelling stinky smoke? I am concerned that Nanny has been empowered to "do what is right". Well, its your fault if you voted these liberals in, take your lumps.

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