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19 October 2017, 12:26 | Eugene Bates
Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it's not helpful and even potentially harmful
A new Google feature available to a small number of iPhone users did not last more than 24 hours as some complained that it "shamed" them for their diet or exercise habits.
Google Maps will remove a widely criticized experimental iOS feature that estimated how many calories its users could potentially burn by walking a route. Wegmans grocery offers mini-cupcakes that are 97.5 calories each, while Canada's Prairie Girl Bakery, for example, sells mini-cupcakes that each contain 200 calories.
Google has made a decision to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. Then again, many people love to eat cupcakes, not thinking about calories. "One mini cupcake is around 110 Calories".
The evil, horrible, oh-so-bad, world-ending cupcake emoji in question arrived as a feature in a new iOS version of Google Maps that functioned as a fitness tracker.
To make things more interesting and real, Google would show the number of cupcakes you would burn if you walk instead.
Another criticism was that users were not given the option to turn off the feature. Lorenz also claimed that using pink cupcakes as the unit of measurement was "lowkey aimed at women."Others pointed out that Maps wasn't the appropriate place for the update". However, the problem is that nobody has said what an average person should look like.
We understand that such feature could have triggered users with eating disorders, but for many users who are trying to lose weight, such functionality could have helped in their weight loss journey.
Perhaps Google will try testing this feature again in the future, but not until the dust settles from the failure of the first test.
Users will no longer see the feature from this week.
Simpson further explained that, according to research, individuals with diagnosed eating disorders "tend to be very obsessive about these numbers".
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