Google is pulling back its calorie meter feature from Google Maps after user criticized it. The feature was added by the company to count calories user burn while walking down a route. It turns out the health benefited feature was not appreciated by the users and Google will call it off tonight.
The calorie meter won't be available in the app from tonight, the feature has been in testing since one week in the iOS app of Google Maps. The feature denotes the calories in terms of mini cupcakes, which means, 1 cupcake equal to 110 calories. Google Map gives the counts of estimated calorie burns (or mini cupcakes) alongside the asked route. The number of mini cupcakes also visible on the top of the step-by-step route direction.
According to the Google, an average person burns almost 90 calories while walking for a mile, but the company forgets to mention the health standards of an average person. The users took to Twitter, sharing that the feature triggers the people with eating disorder. After getting “such strong feedback”, Google decided to call it off from the app. Users also complained that there is no option to turn off the “annoying calorie meter”.
Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) October 17, 2017
While Google aimed to promote healthy habits, some users, find it little judge-y and especially the one with eating disorders. According to the reports, almost 30 million people in the US have an eating disorder. Maybe the users will see the feature again, but with a “turn it off” option and considering the health details of the users such as age, gender, and weight.