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Japanese Dieters Use Cell Phone Cameras

I have a few friends that have resorted to getting dieting help from programs like My Food Phone, which is a camera-phone food-journaling feedback service, but apparently, tech innovators in Japan are getting in on the craze and will likely (or should I say hopefully) catapult the digital lifestyle program into widespread usage.

According to the Mainichi Daily News, with cell phones ubiquitous in Japan and rising concern over expanding waistlines, health care providers have put two and two together to allow the calorie-conscious to send photos of their meals to nutritionists for analysis and recommendations.

How does it work?

  • Nutritionists can work with photos from one day's meals to several weeks' worth. Results come back in three days. Participants also can log onto a Web site to get further dietary information and upload photos from digital cameras.
  • The program costs 4,500 yen (US $37) to join and 2,500 yen (US $21) per month thereafter. Patients photograph meals over the course of three to seven days, and a nutritionist e-mails back analysis and advice.
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