Mandometer: a New Device to Help Kids Lose Weight

Jan 06, 2010
An innovative device for weight loss is more effective at treating childhood obesity than common treatments, a new study shows.

Mandometer, a computerized scale developed by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, helps you eat less and more slowly during meal. The device analyzes the portion size and the speed at which food is eaten from the plate, comparing it with an ideal graph, developed by the food specialist.

The study conducted by Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield and his colleagues at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the University of Bristol involved 106 obese children aged between 9 to 17 years. One group of children used the Mandometer device for weight loss, while the other group had a standard treatment. Other recommendation included exercising up to 60 minutes a day and eating a balanced diet, advised by the Food Standards Agency "eatwell plate".

The success rate was evaluated after 12 months. For a year, scientists examined the participants regularly, supporting and helping the children lose weight.

The findings of the study show that children, who used Mandometer, had considerably lower BMI (body mass index) and body fat score and higher good cholesterol level, compared to children, who did not receive Mandometer treatment.

Also, the kids, who received the treatment with the help of the device, had changed their eating habits, eating more slowly and by smaller portions.
After 18 months follow-up, the BMI of the children, using Mandometer, was sustained. This means that the device offers long-term results in weight loss treatment of childhood obesity.