The Fight against Fat : WSN Effect

Obesity is a serious problem in the world today. It is a major health issue for people with a higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as they grow older. Scientist has experimentally developed a wireless sensor network (wsn) device that looks into eating and exercise habits. In 2010, a research underwent in Los Angeles suburb first reported a test conducted on two overweight teenagers the University of Southern California laboratory. The tests were conducted at different times in different position. Wireless sensors were placed on their chests to record their heart rates, stress levels and amount of physical activity while the information obtained were sent to the mobile phone for processing.

According to Doona Spruijt-Metz, a USC child obesity expert in charge of the project “we will be able to know real-time if they’re inactive and if they are active”

The technology behind the project includes accelerometers which can measure the duration and intensity of a workout with a Blue-tooth enabled cell phones that can take pictures of meal and send information requested. The research could help develop personalised weight loss advice to patients.

Omron healthcare has developed an Omron HBF-514C Full Body Composition Sensing Monitor and Scale; this is a breakthrough device to measure your body composition at home. It uses 6 advanced sensors to accurately read your whole body clinically proven to be as accurate as the medical devices professionals. It also uses 90-day memory to store your readings on all fitness indicators. The device measures 7 fitness indicators including body fat percentage, BMI, resting metabolism and weight.

In another development, with the clearance for marketing of ingestible sensors by the U S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2012, company such as Proteus Digital Health Incorporated have gone further with an integrated, end-to-end personal health management system that is designed to help improve patients health habits and connections to caregivers

Time will tell if this will be the beginning of the end to obesity? What do you think? Drop your comments below.