Google to remove experimental calorie counter from Maps following user backlash

Google Maps received harsh criticism for a new calorie-counting feature that measured how many mini-cupcakes you would burn off by walking

Google to remove experimental calorie counter from Maps following user backlash

The feature first started to roll-out to users on iOS about a week ago. Not only that, but the feature also revealed how many pink "mini cupcakes" in equivalent calories they would burn. Men are seeking help for eating disorders now more than ever-here's how one guy overcame an eating disorder that almost killed him. Then it converts those calories into mini cupcakes.

Google did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but told TechCrunch that it's removing the feature "based on strong user feedback".

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.

According to Google Maps, "the average person burns 90 calories by walking one mile".

Besides triggering potentially obsessive exercise and diet habits, the calorie estimate was extremely vague, based on what an "average person" would burn-whoever or whatever that is.

Amid user backlash, Google Maps' short-lived calorie counter will be pulled from the app. Some people may appreciate it but there are those who think it is very judgmental.

It's also unclear how accurate the calorie estimates are for individual users, considering the tool doesn't take into account factors like weight and height. Drag content you find in the Google app and drop it into whatever app is open next to it. Try using this feature to add content from Google to your emails, presentations, and notes, or even drag text from other apps to search it in the Google app. Although Google was trying to promote a healthy lifestyle, many objected to the fact there was no way to turn it off, while also pointing out that there are plenty of dedicated calorie-counting apps available should people want one.

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