People Hated Google Maps' Calorie Estimator For A Very Valid Reason

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

A mental health advocate says Google made the right decision to shut down a calorie count feature in its map application that critics said could be damaging to users with eating disorders.

Google confirmed to the Telegraph that the feature, which is being tested in the iOS version of Maps, will end this evening after it had received "strong user feedback". "She cited the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, writing that "[as] many as 30 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have an eating disorder". But the biggest issue was over the way it showed how many "mini cupcakes" those calories were worth.

Every mile walked burns 90 calories for an average person.

The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories.

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The calorie count shows up on the map if the driving directions you've requested cover a short distance.

A simple fix, should the feature return, would be to offer the option to opt out of the calorie estimates. According to The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the USA and they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Caloric burn is a very subjective number based on variety of factors, including age, gender, weight, genetics, and overall activity level. Someone else wrote, "Anyone else feel like the google maps mini cupcake feature reinforces the idea that all exercise must be atonement for the sin of eating?"

The attempt at what looks to be a promotion of healthy lifestyle choices was castigated online, where people took to Twitter to suggest the feature could "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders (which in the U.S.is said to be around 30 million people).

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