Walking Route Calorie Estimator Removed From Google Maps After User Criticism
Google is removing an experimental calorie estimator from its Maps iOS app, following criticism from users that the feature amounted to unsolicited health advice and could do more harm than good (via Nuclear Summer🕸 (@sweetbabyruski) **MAIL**Click to expand...
Some user criticism related to an inability to disable the feature, while others questioned its usefulness, given that rates of calorie burn vary widely from person to person, and no context is given about how the estimate is calculated.
Critics also noted that an excessive preoccupation with calorie counting is a symptom of anorexia and other eating disorders, therefore getting calorie estimates every time a route is looked up could have a negative impact on sufferers.
Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Link] For those who found the calorie estimator feature useful, other calorie-counting apps are available, such as and
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